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

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DHS Under Spotlight For Massive Ammo Buys

DHS Under Spotlight For Massive Ammo BuysRepublican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their “massive” bullet buys.

‘Bubbled largely’

The hearing itself was unusual, as questions about the department’s ammunition purchases until recently had bubbled largely under the radar — on blogs and in the occasional news article. But as the Department of Homeland Security found itself publicly defending the purchases, lawmakers gradually showed more interest in the issue.

Chaffetz, who chairs one of the House oversight subcommittees holding the hearing Thursday, revealed that the department currently has more than 260 million rounds in stock. He said the department bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year — among roughly 70,000 agents.

‘Stockpiling ammo’

Comparing that with the small-arms purchases procured by the U.S. Army, he said the DHS is churning through between 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per officer, while the U.S. Army goes through roughly 350 rounds per soldier. He noted that is “roughly 1,000 rounds more per person.”

Nick Nayak, chief procurement officer for the Department of Homeland Security, did not challenge Chaffetz’s numbers. However, Nayak sought to counter what he described as several misconceptions about the bullet buys.

He said the department, on average, buys roughly 100 million rounds per year. He also said claims that the department is stockpiling ammo are “simply not true.” Further, he countered claims that the purchases are helping create broader ammunition shortages in the U.S. The department has long said it needs the bullets for agents in training and on duty, and buys in bulk to save money.

Is it really just to save money? Or is the Department of Homeland Security stockpiling ammo? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: Fox News

Image: Info Wars