British gold Olympic sailor dies

British Olympic champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 games and a silver in 2012, has died after his yacht capsized off the California coast during training for the America's Cup race.

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Andrew 'Bart' Simpson won Olympic gold and silver

Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, 36, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in last year's Games in London, both in the Star class.

Born in Chertsey, Surrey, he started sailing at the age of six with his father in Christchurch, Dorset, according to Tyler Sports Management.

Nicknamed Bart, he was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list.

A Foreign Office spokesman said it was aware of reports of the death of a British citizen and had contacted its counterparts in the United States.

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Andrew 'Bart' Simpson was 'trapped underneath boat'

The Artemis Racing Team posted a statement on its website following the death of Andrew Bart Simpson.

“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”

It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson today in San Francisco.

Simpson, a British double Olympic gold medallist was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC72 catamaran which capsized during training on San Francisco Bay ahead of this summer’s America’s Cup.

All other crew members are accounted for.

Simpson, however, was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.

– Artemis Racing statement

Report: British Olympic medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson dies

British Olympic champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing games, died on Thursday when his yacht capsized off the California coast during training for the America's Cup race, his racing team said in a statement.

Simpson had been sailing on the Artemis, Sweden's entry in the America's Cup, when the catamaran capsized, according to a statement for the team posted on the Artemis racing website.

"The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened," said CEO Paul Cayard. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."

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