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America’s Cup sailor died of ‘blunt trauma with drowning’

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British sailor Andrew Simpson died of “blunt trauma with drowning” in an accident while training for the America’s Cup in San Francisco in May.

The San Francisco medical examiner’s report, which was released Tuesday, lists the death as an accident.

Andrew Simpson

A two-time Olympic medalist, Simpson, died May 9 during a practice sail with Artemis Racing Team. The AC72 catamaran capsized and broke apart, and Simpson, 36, was trapped under it for about 10 minutes.

Chase boats recovered 11 crewmembers from the water. After getting Simpson out from under the boat, medics administered CPR for more than 20 minutes. Thirty minutes after the capsize, Simpson was pronounced dead.

Chief medical examiner Amy Hart also inspected Simpson’s helmet. "The firm, thick gray foam material was in the shape of a helmet, but the body of the foam was irregularly separated, consistent with being crushed," Hart wrote, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.