Artemis Racing: Andrew Simpson has passed away

Andrew Simpson, British sailor and member of the 72-foot Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran team, has passed away while training for the America's Cup, in the San Francisco Bay.

Simpson and his 10 team colleagues saw the competitive yacht Artemis capsizing, half a mile north of Treasure Island. The sailor got trapped underwater and could not be resuscitated by the rescuers.

The 36-year-old, who had collected a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal at the 2012 London Games, was declared dead about 20 minutes later.

"The entire team is devastated by what happened. Our prayers are with Andrew Simpson's family, his wife and kids, and also the rest of my teammates", told Paul Cayard, Artemis chief executive.

"It's a shocking experience to go through, and we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody's well being. The boat's under control, but that's not the first of our concerns. We're focused on the people".

Andrew Simpson, nicknamed Bart, was recruited to the Artemis team as a strategist. It's the second death of sailor training for the America's Cup. Martin Wizner (Spanish Challenge) lost his life in 1999.

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