Missing yacht: 100,000 sign petition to resume search for Cheeki Rafiki crew of Andrew Bridge, James Male, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin

Missing yacht: 120,000 sign petition to resume search
Missing crew final picture: The Cheeki Rafiki’s crew Steve Warren (left), Paul Goslin (2nd left), Andrew Bridge (5th left) and James Male (6th left) (Picture: SWNS)

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition for the US coastguard to resume its search for four British yachtsmen missing in the mid-Atlantic.

It comes as the last picture of the missing four British sailors from the Cheeki Rafiki boat was published.

Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 23, Steve Warren, 52, and 56-year-old Paul Goslin were pictured at an awards ceremony marking the end of Antigua Sailing Week.

Mr Goslin’s daughter Claire wrote on the petition, which has attracted more than 127,000 signatures: ‘One of the sailors is my dad and we cannot give up! He is my world and we need to start this search again!!!’

Sir Richard Branson has also called on vessels near the area to keep a lookout for the boat, believed to have capsized on Friday about 1,000km (630 miles) off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

‘There are a lot of yachts, both sailing yachts and motor yachts, that are crossing the Atlantic this time of year,’ he told the BBC.

‘I think if they could just go off course a little bit, keep their eyes open, a lot of merchant ships, that would be great and I think the family would be incredibly grateful.’

Jeremy Hunt, the local MP for one of the missing men, also tweeted his support for the search to restart.

On Saturday, a cargo vessel photographed an overturned hull which matched the description of the yacht but reported no signs of life.

US and Canadian aircraft called off a search on Sunday amid treacherous weather.

Describing the search area, the US Coastguard said: ‘The grand scale of this is immense.’

20 May 2014 | 8:46 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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