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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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Search yacht spotted two possible Cheeki Rafiki objects

Patrick Michel, the captain of a yacht which has joined the search for the missing British sailors, said a member of his crew saw a "wooden plank about 1m long, 20-30cm wide, and another rectangular white foam or plastic [object]."

He said he had "no idea if it is part of the boat" but that he had emailed the details to the US Coast Guard.

The sighting was made at around 10pm UK time last night for "a brief second, and then it vanished into the night."

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