Sailor reportedly killed in capsize of America's cup racer

Artemis Racing's AC72 catamaran pictured last month near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
Artemis Racing's AC72 catamaran pictured last month near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Sander van der Borch/Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing

One sailor was reportedly killed and at least one other seriously injured when a 72-foot racing catamaran that was training for the America's Cup capsized on Thursday off San Francisco.

The Associated Press quoting Mindy Talmadge, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said one person was dead and another seriously hurt after the twin-hulled boat crewed by the Swedish Artemis Racing team went over on its side.

Talmadge told the AP that both were brought to shore and taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club, where paramedics performed CPR. One person was pronounced dead, the AP says.

The San Jose Mercury News also quoted authorities as saying the sailor – one of 13 crew aboard the boat – was killed in the mishap.

A statement on the America's Cup website posted at 5:20 p.m. ET reads:

"Members of the America's Cup community are on San Francisco Bay assisting Artemis Racing after the capsize of its first AC72 catamaran. The incident occurred between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm PT.

According to news reports, emergency crews were on site and performing CPR to a crewmember who had been trapped under the platform for an estimated 10 minutes.

All other crewmembers had been accounted for."

The 72-foot catamarans are on the cutting edge of sailing technology and use a solid, wing-like sail and light weight materials to reach speeds of 40 mph. A boat belonging to the America's Cup defender, Team Oracle USA, capsized in October, seriously damaging its multi-million dollar sail but none of the crew members were seriously hurt.

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