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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."
Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing, said at a press conference: "We obviously had a tragic day today on the bay. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew Simpson's family - his wife and kids, and also with the rest of the team mates. It was a shocking experience to go through."
San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge confirmed to Press Association Sport that Andrew 'Bart' Simpson was taken to St Francis Yacht Club on the shore where paramedics performed emergency resuscitation, but he was pronounced dead.
She said another sailor suffered minor injuries.
Sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson was trapped underneath the boat and, despite attempts by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, he was unable to be saved.
He was trapped under the platform for an estimated 10 minutes.
Simpson represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games, sailing in the Star class alongside Iain Percy.
The pair took gold at the Beijing 2008 Games and last year were close to topping the podium once more, only to be bumped down to silver in the medal race.
Before last summer's Olympics, Simpson admitted that winning the America's Cup was his biggest goal.
He had hoped that dream would come true as strategist for challenger Artemis Racing, whose sailing team director and tactician is close friend Percy.
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.”
– Artemis Racing statement
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.
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