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US Coast Guard urged to return and look for yachtsmen

The US Coast Guard was facing calls last night to return to the doomed British yacht Cheeki Rafiki, to check whether the bodies of any of its four crew members were trapped inside. The coastguard located the boat a week after the vessel went missing.

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Britons missing after yacht capsizes in Atlantic Ocean

The yacht departed from Antigua and lost contact on diversion to the Azores. Credit: Google Maps

Four Britons are missing at sea after the yacht they were sailing to the UK from a regatta in the Caribbean is feared to have capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

The crew of the Cheeki Rafiki 40ft performance racer/cruiser yacht ran into difficulties on Thursday while returning from Antigua Sailing Week.

Contact with the four yachtsmen was lost in the early hours of Friday while they were diverting to the Azores.

US and Canadian aircraft and merchant vessels looked for them throughout Friday and Saturday but have now called off the search, according to British yacht training and charter firm Stormforce Coaching.

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