Andrew Simpson Death: No Evidence To Support Criminal Charge
One year ago, double Olympic medalist Andrew Simpson tragically died in training for the America’s Cup when the Artemis Racing boat capsized.
The accident took place in San Francisco Bay, and it has taken until yesterday for local police to clarify that no charges will be filed in connection with the drowning of Simpson.
Multiple blows to the head and body as the 72ft vessel broke up is understood to have caused Simpson to drown. It is widely understood that the Artemis racing boat was suffering technical problems and was scheduled to be retired on the day leading up to the fatal capsize. The accident has therefore remained a controversial issue. These rumours were fueled by the America's Cup skipper Terry Hutchinson allegedly leaving the team prior to the accident because of unsatisfactory levels of safety onboard the Artemis Racing boat. Hutchinson has been quoted to blame Artemis for Simpson’s death, but recently refuted certain statements via Facebook.
Yesterday however, Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department said the case has now been closed.
There is no evidence to support a criminal charge, so there are no criminal charges at all
Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson is being commemorated by ‘Bart’s Bash’, a global sailing race and fundraising event being held at sailing clubs all over the world. The event hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race. Find out more about this record breaking event, and how to get involved here.
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Article by Jack Bartrop