Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson said he spoke to the families of the four missing sailors last night to inform them of the US coast guard's decision to suspend the search, saying it had gone "above and beyond" in its efforts to find them. He said:
I know that, despite there being no further sightings of the Cheeki Raffiki or its crew, any decision to suspend the search will be incredibly difficult and will only be taken after the most serious deliberation.
With no sign of a life raft or of debris, and with nearly 20,000 square miles having been searched, the hunt continues for another day.
Veteran yachtsman Tony Bullimore tells ITV News that there is a "strong possibility" the yachtsmen are still alive in the life raft.