British Olympian Dies After America’s Cup Boat Capsizes

British Olympian Dies After America's Cup Boat CapsizesOne person is confirmed dead after a tragic capsizing of a 72-foot Artemis Racing boat during a training run for the America’s Cup in San Francisco. The America’s Cup Twitter feed has confirmed that it was Andrew Simpson, an Olympic gold medalist, who was fatally injured today.

‘Submerged for quite some time’

According to the Mercury News’ Julia Prodis Sulek, all 11 members of the crew were found, though their statuses have not been publicly released. Simpson was submerged for “quite some time” in the water before rescue workers could arrive.

‘First training run’

NBC Bay Area reporter Stephanie Chuang later reported that paramedics had stopped performing CPR on Simpson, who was taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club for further assistance.

The Artemis Racing team, based in Sweden, arrived earlier this month for its first training run for the impending America’s Cup races. They are one of four teams entering the storied event this year, which will begin on July 4. This particular vessel was a member of the AC72 crew, which relates to the yacht’s waterline length.

Why do you think the Artemis Racing boat capsized? Do you think Andrew Simpson could have lived had he been rescued earlier?

Source: Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

Image: ABC News

L.A. Riots Victim Rodney King Found Dead At 47

Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.

Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy De Anda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. There were no preliminary signs of foul play, De Anda said, and no obvious injuries on King’s body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, he said, and King’s body would be autopsied.

King’s beating after a high-speed car chase and its aftermath forever changed Los Angeles, its police department and the dialogue on race in America. King was 25 and on parole after a robbery conviction in March 1991. In an interview in 2011, he recalled he had been drinking and was headed home from a friend’s house when he saw a police car following him and panicked, thinking he would be sent back to prison. So he attempted to flee. An amateur cameraman caught the scene as four white police officers struck King more than 50 times with their wooden batons and used a stun gun on him. King was beaten nearly to death. Three surgeons operated on him for five hours.

Four LAPD officers — Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon — were indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer. Koon and Powell were found guilty and sentenced to 30 months in prison. Briseno and Wind were acquitted. The other jurors came around, and King was awarded $3.8 million in damages.

King said earlier this year he has forgiven the officers who beat him: “Yes, I’ve forgiven them, because I’ve been forgiven many times,” he said. “…This country is my house, it’s the only home I know, so I have to be able to forgive — for the future, for the younger generation coming behind me, so … they can understand it…”

What do you think caused Rodney King’s death? Are you capable of the same degree of forgiveness that King gave to the officers?

Source: CNN

Image: Examiner