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

Mysterious Structure Discovered At Bottom Of Sea Of Galilee

Mysterious Structure Discovered At Bottom Of Sea Of GalileeA mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

‘Built on dry land’

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently. The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

Its size and location, says Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the project and who also took video of the structure during a scuba dive to examine it, indicated it could have been constructed underwater as a type of fish nursery. However archaeologists think it more likely it was built on dry land and later submerged by the lake.

‘Even more enigmatic’

The exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet (two to three meters) of sand that have accumulated over the bottom of the base — sand accumulates an average of one to four millimeters per year — as well as comparisons to other structures in the region, put the estimate anywhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old. The possible purpose of the structure is even more enigmatic.

Dani Nadel, an archeologist from the University of Haifa, who partnered on the site, and who has led several prehistoric excavations in the region, notes it shares similarities with communal burial sites, though he’s quick to discourage anyone from drawing a definitive conclusion.

What do you think could have been the purpose of this mysterious ancient structure? Feel free to share your own speculations with us!

Source: Daisy Carrington, CNN