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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Yachtsman's sister: We believe they are still alive

The sister of missing British yachtsmen Steve Warren said both she and his mother believe he is still alive.

Kay Coombes said: "It's an utter nightmare, we are grateful for the US and Canadian coastguards for what they have done so far, but it's stopped too soon after two days, it's not long enough, we believe they are still alive.

Steve Warren's sister believes the missing yachtsmen are still alive. Credit: PA Wire

"They are four strong-minded, physically strong sailors, they knew they were in difficulties and had every opportunity to get into the life raft which would have had provisions for several days. But if no one is looking for them, they won't be found."

Mrs Coombes also said she did not believe the US Coast Guard had any intention of resuming the search even when weather conditions improved.

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