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Search for crew suspended after yacht found along with life raft

The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for four missing British crew members, including two from Somerset. They located the Cheeki Rafiki a week after the vessel went missing and later discovered its life raft still secured aboard.

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Two men from Somerset missing in mid-Atlantic ocean

Two Somerset men have been named as one of the four Britons feared dead after the yacht they were sailing in capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

56 year old Paul Goslin from Yeovil and 52 year old Steve Warren from Bridgwater were part of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki returning from a sailing regatta in the Caribbean.

The yacht got into difficulties near Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Thursday. A search rescue for the crew has this afternoon been called off.

"We searched with multiple assets over 4,000 square miles for pings from the vessel's personal locator beacons.

"After receiving no more transmissions we believe that we would have found them by now if we were going to find them.

"These beacons are small devices and the ones being used have a very short battery life."

– US Coastguard spokesman

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