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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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Foreign Office: Decision to suspend search 'difficult'

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.

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