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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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US Coast Guard: No debris matching Cheeki Rafiki

In a statement released today, US Coast Guard officials have said that no debris has been found in the search for the missing yachtsmen that "correlates to the Cheeki Rafiki."

A wooden plank and foam had previously been spotted by a captain involved in the search for the four British sailors, and the sighting was reported to the US Coast Guard.

"We take reports of debris very seriously and, at this time, no debris or objects reported during this search correlate to the Cheeki Rafiki."

– Captain Anthony Popiel, 1st Coast Guard District Chief of Response

Search teams have covered an area spanning 12,000 square miles since resuming the search on Tuesday.

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