Lost Yachtsman Was Fulfilling Lifelong Dream

The family of lost Cheeki Rafiki sailor Paul Goslin have paid tribute to a “wonderful husband, son, father and grandfather”.

Mr Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, was on the yacht with Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 23, and Steve Warren, 52, when it went missing enroute from Antigua to the UK on May 15.

The upturned 40ft yacht was found by the US Navy on Friday 1,000 miles from the Massachusetts coast, with no signs of life and its life raft still stored on board.

In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, the Goslin family said: “As you can imagine we were deeply saddened by the news on Friday night and are struggling to come to terms with the fact that Paul, our wonderful husband, son, father, grandfather, won’t be found alive and returned home to us.

“Paul was deeply loving and exceptionally intelligent and we know will be missed by everyone that knew him.

“Paul had been a passionate sailor for many years and loved everything to do with the water. He’d been talking about sailing across the Atlantic for many years.

“We are therefore, trying to take some comfort in the knowledge that he was fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams.”

The family thanked all those who had supported them during a difficult week, adding: “We have also drawn strength from the other families and our hearts go out to them.

“Paul would have been humbled by the immense support shown to us all by the public, which has made this difficult week slightly easier to bear.

“On behalf of Paul, we’d like to thank everyone that showed their support in different ways in the past week.”

They also thanked those involed in the search “especially the US and Canadian Coast Guards, the US Navy, the RAF, the merchant vessels and smaller yachts sailing through the area”.

“We would also like to thank the UK Government, with particular thanks to everyone involved at the Foreign Office for their endless support and professionalism over the past week.”

Thanking the media as well, they asked for the “space and time we need to be with our own family, to comfort each other and to spend time remembering Paul.”

The family of the yacht skipper, Mr Bridge, from Farnham, Surrey, also thanked the search teams and paid tribute to the experienced sailor.

In a statement yesterday they said: “Andrew will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the rest of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki.

The family of Mr Warren, from Bridgwater, Somerset, said yesterday: “From the beginning we, together with the other families involved, have continued to hold out hope that he would be found alive. The US Coast Guard have led an exceptional search.

“This is now an incredibly difficult time for all the family.”

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25 May 2014 | 11:58 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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