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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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HM Coastguard: US Coast Guard has done all they can

Contact with the Cheeki Rafiki yacht was lost on Friday. Credit: Press Association Images/Royal Yachting Association

HM Coastguard said in a statement it believes its US counterparts have done "all they can" to locate and search for the yacht and her crew "since this sad situation began".

"The Cheeki Rafiki is believed to have run into difficulty approximately 1,000 miles east of Massachusetts, USA. Based on the information provided to us, we believe that the US Coast Guard has done all they can to locate the stricken yacht and her crew," the statement said.

Families of the crew and an online petition backed by celebrities and politicians have urged the US authorities to resume the search which they abandoned on Sunday.

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