Sailor Dies when America's Cup Boat Capsizes

6:58 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
The overturned Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran, an America's Cup entry from Sweden, is towed past Treasure Island after the boat capsized during training in San Francisco Bay on May 9, 2013. (Photo: Karl Mondon, AP)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One sailor died and another was hurt when a Swedish catamaran training for the America's Cup capsized in San Francisco Bay on Thursday.

UK double gold medalist Andrew Simpson was identified as the sailor killed.

San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said two people were seriously injured when the Artemis Racing catamaran capsized at about 1 p.m. local time near Treasure Island.

Talmadge said both were brought to shore and taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club, where paramedics performed CPR on one of the two. That person was pronounced dead a short time later. Officials said the other person's injuries were not life-threatening.

The roughly 10 other people on board were transferred to a support boat operated by Oracle Racing, the America's Cup holder.

Coast Guard Lt. Jeannie Crump said it did not know the extent of the damage to the boat, but she added a commercial salvage boat was on scene to tow the catamaran to Clipper Cove.

She added that Coast Guard officials were as yet unsure what caused the 22-meter (72-foot) boat to capsize.

Artemis Racing, representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, is the challenger of record for the cup.

The Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers starts on July 4, with the winner facing Oracle in the 34th America's Cup from Sept. 7.



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