SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF)— San Francisco police say criminal charges will not be filed in the crash of an America’s Cup catamaran in May 2013 that killed British Olympic star Andrew “Bart” Simpson.
Many people associated with sailing’s marquee regatta had speculated that the crash was caused by a structural failure, which was confirmed for the first time Tuesday when a copy of the police report was obtained and posted by sailinganarchy.com.
According to the report, Artemis Racing designer Adam May told a police officer after the accident that the catamaran had just performed a bear-away maneuver “when the port side hull dug into the water and failed structurally.”
Simpson, a gold and silver Olympic medalist, died after being trapped underwater for about 10 minutes.
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