Life raft found secured aboard missing yacht

The life raft of the yacht that was missing for days in the Atlantic has been found secured inside the capsized vessel.

A boat crew from a US Navy warship and a surface swimmer using underwater imagery showed the raft clearly stowed away, indicating it was not deployed for emergency purposes.

Four men were on board the 40ft Cheeki Rafiki when it went missing last Thursday.

Officials said the coastguard still intended to call off the search at midnight (3am British time) unless there is new information or sightings that would suggest the crew is still alive.

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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.