BBC News – Missing yacht: US Coast Guard ‘did all they could’

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The UK coastguard has said it believes its US counterpart has done “everything they could” in the search for four men missing after their yacht apparently capsized in the Atlantic Ocean.

Their boat Cheeki Rafiki got into difficulties 620 miles (1,000km) east of Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Friday.

The search was called off by the US Coast Guard on Sunday.

The families of the crew have called for the operation to resume, whilst experts said the men could be alive.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the MP for one of the men, tweeted that it was too soon to give up and a petition urging authorities in the US to continue the search has amassed more than 150,000 signatures.

But a spokesman for the US Coast Guard had said the men could only have survived for around 20 hours after the “time of distress”.

And a spokesman for the UK government said on Tuesday that the US Coast Guard “have been open and collaborative throughout”.

The spokesman added: “They have assured us that they did everything they could, and would have done exactly the same for US citizens.

“This included an air search of over 20 sorties involving three different aircraft, conducted for twice as long as their standard procedures required, in very difficult and challenging weather conditions.

“Our own coastguard have been fully briefed throughout and believe the USCG have done everything they could.”

The four crew members are Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset; Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham, Surrey; Steve Warren, 52, also from Somerset, and 23-year-old James Male, from Southampton.

20 May 2014 | 11:09 am – Source: bbc.co.uk
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