Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Double Olympic medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson killed in training accident

Former Olympic champion Andrew Simpson died after his catamaran capsized in training in San Francisco Bay ahead of the America's Cup
Former Olympic champion Andrew Simpson died after his catamaran capsized in training in San Francisco Bay ahead of the America's Cup

Double Olympic medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has been killed in a training accident on the Swedish America's Cup challenger Artemis on San Francisco Bay.

Simpson, who won gold in China in 2008 and silver in London 2012 with Iain Percy in the Star keelboat, was trapped under the 72-foot catamaran when it capsized.

 

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

 

“Andrew, a British double Olympic 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 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.

 

“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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