Olympic champion Andrew Simpson dies in boat crash
Decorated British sailor Andrew Simpson died Thursday when his 72-foot Swedish catamaran flipped in the in San Francisco Bay, trapping him beneath the boat for approximately ten minutes during an America’s Cup practice.
Simpson, 36, a married father of three, was freed from beneath the boat wreckage by first responders, but was unable to be revived.
“The entire Artemis team is devastated by what happened,” Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard wrote in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”
Simpson earned an Olympic gold at the Beijing Games in the Star class alongside partner Iain Percy, and added a silver medal in the same event at his hometown Olympics in London last summer after being upset by Sweden.
Simpson then moved his family to San Francisco for six months in order to chase his goal of winning the famous America’s Cup with Artemis and Percy, who serves as the team’s director and tactician.
The other sailors involved in the crash were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Barcelona bronze medalist Craig Monk of New Zealand suffered a neck injury in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. His injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.