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America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'

'Onboard the AC72. Artemis Racing April 11th 2013, Alameda, USA'    Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©    Click Here to view large photo

The cause of death of Artemis crewman Andrew Simpson was summarily dismissed by the Deputy Coroner for the County of Dorset, Mr. Richard Middleton, today in a brief hearing of sixteen minutes.

Andrew Simpson (36), was a Strategist for Artemis Racing -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©  
The Coroner, in a prepared statement, from which he read, announced: 'This is a final hearing', leaving the five family members and ten journalists, no doubt that the matter was closed.

In what amounted to a résumé of the evidence of three SFPD officers and Adam May, a member of the Artemis Racing Team who was on board when the accident that led to the death of his teammate occurred, it mostly covered, in painful detail, the timescale and the position of the Swedish AC72 on that fateful day, May 9th last year from 1306 PST when the capsize happened, to 1341 PST when Simpson was pronounced dead.

From this, the Deputy Coroner, announced that the death of Andrew Simpson at 1341 PST on May 9th last year was due 'directly as the result of an human act.' This is the official description of an accident. He followed this by giving the cause of death as: 'blunt trauma with drowning.' He did report that Simpson’s helmet had been crushed, and that continuous attempts at CPR and resuscitation by defibrillator had failed.

Strangely perhaps, there was no attempt to apportion blame, nor was there any attempt to explain the cause of the accident beyond the fact that the Swedish AC72 was bearing away in 20 knots of breeze in choppy waters, apart from one hint, from Adam May’s report that: 'the port hull dug in and folded.' No blame for this was apportioned.

It does, however, lead to further speculation as to what was at fault, and it would not seem, in any way to blame those who were sailing the boat, but points to a structural failure of the port hull.

After the five family members had filed out of the Court, several of the journalists gathered to discuss the Inquest and were generally dissatisfied with the presentation. They wanted greater detail of the cause of the accident and some apportionment of the blame, but were told that this was final.

Bow on shot of Artemis Racing’s AC72 testing in San Francisco south bay. Artemis Racing April 2013, Alameda, -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©   Click Here to view large photo

Onboard the AC72. Artemis Racing April 11th 2013, Alameda, USA -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©   Click Here to view large photo

ACEA Press conference following ARTEMIS RACING capsize and loss of Andrew Simpson - ACEA Press conference following ARTEMIS RACING capsize and loss of Andrew Simpson - Stephen Barclay (ACEA CEO) - Ian Murray (ACRM CEO) - Captain Matt Bliven (US Coast Gards) - Captain Tom Cleary (SFPD) / San Francisco (USA) / 10-05-2013 -  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA ©   Click Here to view large photo

AC72 testing in San Francisco south bay. Artemis Racing April 2013, Alameda, USA -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©   Click Here to view large photo

Intact starboard hull - Artemis Racing May 11, 2013 -  Erik Simonson- pressure-drop.us ©   Click Here to view large photo

Starboard hull - Artemis Racing May 11, 2013 -  Erik Simonson- pressure-drop.us ©   Click Here to view large photo

AC72 testing in San Francisco bay. Artemis Racing April 2013, Alameda, USA -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©   Click Here to view large photo

Starboard hull ay mainbeam joint - Artemis Racing May 11, 2013 -  Erik Simonson- pressure-drop.us ©   Click Here to view large photo


by Bob Fisher


  

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