SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ~ UK double gold medalist Andrew Simpson is dead and another injured after a 72-foot Swedish sailboat capsized during a practice for an upcoming America’s Cup race in the San Francisco Bay.
According to San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge, the two people were injured when the Artemis Racing catamaran capsized at about 1 p.m. near Treasure Island.The two men were taken to shore where paramedics performed CPR. Simpson was pronounced dead a short time later. They do not know what caused the boat to capsize.
The other estimated 10 people on board were picked up by a support boat operated by Oracle Racing, which is defending its America’s Cup title from 2010 in San Francisco this summer.
The America’s Cup is set to run from July to September and the teams are training on specially made 72-foot catamarans.
While boat racing is not usually considered dangerous, it’s important to remember that whenever we’re in water be it by boat or by ourselves, the water has the upper hand.
Let’s keep Simpson family in prayer.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,