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Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, America's Cup Sailor, Died Of Blunt Trauma, Says Autopsy Report

SAN FRANCISCO — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — British sailing gold medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who died during training for the America’s Cup races in May, suffered extensive trauma to his head and neck and drowned after being trapped underwater for about 10 minutes, an autopsy report released Tuesday said.

The report by the San Francisco medical examiner said there were serious cuts and bruises to Simpson’s head and neck, and that foam inside his crash helmet “was irregularly separated consistent with being crushed.” The cause of death was listed as “blunt trauma with drowning.”

The autopsy report was obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1anZIFg ).

Simpson, 36, died May 9 after his 72-foot catamaran nosedived and broke into pieces during a training run for the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay. He served as a strategist for Sweden’s Artemis Racing team.

America’s Cup sailors already wore crash helmets and life vests after the introduction of the high-tech boats, which can sail faster than 40 knots.

Simpson’s accidental death prompted the race organizers to implement 37 safety recommendations, including equipping sailors with body armor, an air tank and breathing tube and underwater locator devices.

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  • CORRECTS ORDER OF IDENTIFICATION – In this Aug. 5, 2012, file photo, Great Britain’s star class crew Iain Percy, left, and Andrew Simpson celebrate their silver medal at the London Summer Olympics in Weymouth and Portland, England. Artemis Racing says Simpson died Thursday, May 9, 2013, after the team’s boat capsized during training for the upcoming America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

  • Headshots of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games

    LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Andrew Simpson of Great Britain poses during a portrait shoot at the announcement of the first athletes to officially join Team GB ahead of the 2012 Olympics at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich on September 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 – Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011: Day Twelve

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Andrew Simpson with his son, Freddie at the medal ceremony after winning a silver medal in the Star Class race on day twelve of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on August 13, 2011 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Sailing – Previews

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 24: Andrew Simpson of Great Britain talks to the media during a Team GB press conference ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth and Portland venue on July 24, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games – Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy of Team GB on stage at the Live Site Venue on Weymouth Beach, during the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, on July 27, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Sailing – Previews

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 24: Andrew Simpson of Great Britain talks to the media during a Team GB press conference ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth and Portland venue on July 24, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Sailing – Previews

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 24: Andrew Simpson of Great Britain talks to the media during a Team GB press conference ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth and Portland venue on July 24, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 1 – Around the Games

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Great Britain in action during a Star Class practice race at the Weymouth Portland Venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 – Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011: Day Twelve

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Great Britain pose on the podium with their Silver medals after coming second in the star class medal race on day twelve of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on August 13, 2011 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 2 – Sailing

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 29: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Great Britain in action during the first Star Class race of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on July 29, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 11 – Sailing – Men’s RS:X

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd L) walks with Finn class gold medallist Ben Ainslie (L) and Star class silver medallist Andrew Simpson (C), and John Derbyshire (2nd R) and Stephen Parks (R) of Team GB in the competition boat yard on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 7, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 11 – Sailing

    WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd L) talks with Finn class gold medallist Ben Ainslie (C) and Star class silver medallist Andrew Simpson (2nd R), and John Derbyshire (L) and Stephen Parks (R) of Team GB in the competition boat yard on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 7, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • FILE – In this July 29, 2012, file photo, crew Andrew Simpson, foreground, and Iain Percy, from Great Britain, compete during the Star class Race 1 at the London Summer Olympics in Weymouth and Portland, England. Artemis Racing says Simpson died Thursday, May 9, 2013, after the team’s boat capsized during training for the upcoming America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)


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