Search for yacht crew 'may be suspended'

The US Coast Guard says it does not think that debris spotted in the Atlantic Ocean is from a British yacht that has been missing for a week....now the search may be suspended.

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US Coastguard say a naval ship has found the hull of the missing Southampton yacht, Cheeki Rafiki

The US Coastguard says a US naval ship searching in the Atlantic has found the hull of the Southampton yacht, Cheeki Rafiki. They located the boat a week after the vessel and her four-man crew went missing on a voyage back from the Caribbean.

A Navy diver has confirmed the name of the yacht and has banged on the hull to see if anyone is inside. The cabin of the boat appeared to be flooded. They have not found the yacht's life raft.

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Sister of missing sailor disappointed search will end

The sister of one of the sailors missing in the Atlantic says she's disappointed the search for the crew will end tomorrow morning. Steve Warren and Paul Goslin from Somerset were on board the Cheeki Rafiki when contact was lost a week ago.

Today the US Coastguard announced if no new leads were found before then, the search will end for the final time. Kay Coombes is the sister of Steve Warren ...

Families of missing sailors 'still holding out hope'

The Foreign Office has released this statement on behalf of the families of the missing sailors:

The families of James Male, Andrew Bridge, Paul Goslin and Steve Warren still hold out much hope that their loved ones will be found soon. They have received so much support from the public and the yachting community, hearing endless stories of people that have survived many weeks and months in different circumstances at sea and have drawn much strength from this. They were obviously saddened to hear that the US Coast Guard will be suspending the search. But, they were prepared for the fact that this would have to happen.

They are meeting with the Foreign Office later on today, to talk about UK involvement and any other avenues that can be explored. Having spent the week getting to know each other better, along with hearing the endless accounts of survivors, the families are reassured that their men would work as an efficient and cohesive team. This gives them additional hope that they will still be found, as the US Coast Guard have found no evidence to the contrary.

– Families of the missing sailors on behalf of the Foreign Office

Families still hoping that missing sailors will be found

The Foreign Office has issued the following statement over the missing crew of the Cheeki Rafiki.

"The families of James Male, Andrew Bridge, Paul Goslin and Steve Warren still hold out much hope that their loved ones will be found soon.

"They have received so much support from the public and the yachting community, hearing endless stories of people that have survived many weeks and months in different circumstances at sea and have drawn much strength from this.

"They were obviously saddened to hear that the US Coast Guard will be suspending the search. But, they were prepared for the fact that this would have to happen.

"They are meeting with the Foreign Office later on today, to talk about UK involvement and any other avenues that can be explored."

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Last picture emerges of sailors

The last picture of the four missing British sailors has emerged - showing them just hours before they set off for home. 52 year old Steve Warren and 56 year old Paul Goslin from Somerset are seen leaving an awards ceremony at Antigua Sailing Week. Just hours later they went missing.

Last picture emerges of sailors Credit: South West News
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US coast guard to end search for raft if no new leads

The search for the four sailors on board the missing yacht Cheeki Rafiki will continue for another 30 hours, the US coastguard said.

If no new leads were found withing this time, the search will end for the final time.

Captain Anthony Popiel said he had spoken to the yachtsmen's families to tell them that the search could be suspended.

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