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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Philip Hammond: US concludes there's no hope for crew

Defence secretary Philip Hammond said there was nothing for British authorities to do in the case of the missing British crew of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht lost since last Friday.

"This is in the United States, Canadian air sea rescue area, they are the responsible authority and they have searched it very extensively. The conclusion that they have reached is that there is no hope of rescuing these people now," he said.

The US Coastguard called off its search on Sunday morning for the crew of the yacht which was lost on Friday after it got into difficulties 620 miles (1,000km) east of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

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