British Olympic gold-medallist yachtsman Andrew Simpson was killed on Thursday when the catamaran he was sailing on sank in San Francisco Bay during training for the America's Cup.
According to Reuters, "Simpson, 36, a two-time Olympic medallist, had been sailing on the Artemis, Sweden's entry in the America's Cup, when the catamaran overturned."
"The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened," CEO Paul Cayard said in the statement. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."
The Artemis website said Simpson was part of an 11-member sailing team and that all other crew members had been accounted for following the mishap.
A U.S. Coast Guard officer, Pam Boehland, said support boats had pulled 12 crew members from the water, and that one was taken to a San Francisco hospital.
San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge confirmed that one male crew member had died in the accident and said he was estimated to have remained under water for 10 to 15 minutes before he was recovered.
She said one other sailor from the Artemis crew was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.
Boehland said the Artemis capsized at about 1 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. British time) northwest of Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The crippled vessel remained in the bay, and the Coast Guard established a 100-yard (91-meter) safety zone around the boat, she said."
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