SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 10, 2013) (NBC) - British yacht-racing champion Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was killed on Thursday when his vessel capsized in San Francisco Bay during training for the America's Cup, his team said.
Simpson, 36, a two-time Olympic medalist, had been sailing on the Artemis,Sweden's entry in the America's Cup, when the catamaran overturned, according to a statement posted on the Artemis racing website.
"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.
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 (2000 GMT) 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.
In March, a crew member was killed when a 30-foot (9-meter) sailboat broke apart in rough seas during a race near San Clemente Island.
In April 2012, four crewmen in a race from Southern California to Mexico died after their yacht ran aground. Two weeks earlier, five sailors died in a racing accident near the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco.
The Farallon incident prompted the Coast Guard to temporarily suspend racing in the Pacific Ocean off northern California.