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US Navy say despite finding the hull of the Cheeki Rafiki they still plan to call off the search later tonight

In a statement the Coastguard say the warship diverted to the location and deployed a boat crew and surface swimmer to assess the boat. The surface swimmer confirmed the name on the ship was Cheeki Rafiki and went in the water to investigate further.

The swimmer determined the boat's cabin was flooded and windows were shattered, contributing to the complete flooding inside. The swimmer also knocked on the hull and reached an arm's length below the waterline with no results.

Navy crews observed that the sailing vessel's keel was broken off, causing a breech in the hull. The hull sighting has not impacted search planning as teams continue to look for a bright-colored life raft as their search object.

Search operations will be suspended at midnight Friday local time unless new information or sightings suggested the crew would still be alive. None of the current developments indicate that to be the case.

– US Coastguard

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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.

Foreign office meeting for relatives of missing sailors

Relatives of four missing sailors have been meeting at the Foreign Office to discuss the search for their loved ones.

The crew of the Cheeki Rafiki raised the alarm that they were in trouble last Thursday and haven't been seen since.

The US Coastguard has said it may call off the search if it does not find anything by 5am tomorrow morning.

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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 ...

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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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