Missing British yacht spotted, no sign of crew or life raft
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 00:30
May.24 - The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard release photos of the overturned hull of the Cheeki Rafiki after it was discovered by a U.S. Navy warship about 1,000 miles (1609.3 km) off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Friday. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).
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STORY: A U.S. Navy helicopter crew on Friday (May 23) spotted a British yacht that went missing a week ago but found no signs of its four crew members, leaving a midnight deadline for suspending searches for the men unchanged, officials said.
The missing men, all experienced sailors, ran into trouble as they were returning to Britain from a sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean. They had reported that their vessel, the Cheeki Rafiki, was taking in water, forcing them to change course for the Azores.
On Friday, a Navy search crew discovered the overturned vessel about 1,000 miles off the Massachusetts coast, but they detected no sign of the crew, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.
A Navy swimmer reached the 40-foot (12-meter) yacht, finding its cabin flooded and windows shattered. The swimmer knocked on the hull but heard no response, the statement said.
U.S. authorities originally abandoned a search for the ill-fated crew after two days due to treacherous conditions but resumed the hunt on Tuesday (May 20) after a request from the British government and a public petition signed by over 200,000 people.
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