Search For Four Missing Yachtsmen Stepped Up

The search for four Britons who are missing after their yacht capsized in the Atlantic Ocean has been stepped up by the US Coastguard.

Four ships and three planes are now involved in the hunt for the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki, which was returning to the UK from a regatta in Antigua when it ran into difficulties.

The search is focussed on an area about 1,000 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 23, Steve Warren, 52, and 56-year-old Paul Goslin were on board the 40ft yacht.

The US Coastguard called off the search for them last weekend after two days, but this decision was reversed after more than 150,000 people signed an online petition.

A sailor who survived for five days after being shipwrecked in the mid-Atlantic has told Sky News he believes the crew are still alive.

Rory Nugent told US Correspondent Amanda Walker: “I was declared dead twice by the US Coastguard and the US Navy and eventually got apology letters from both.

“So I’m not sure I’m going to take their statement of fact as the truth.

“I think human nature and these guys’ desire to live will keep them alive and keep them going.”

The Cheeki Rafiki’s crew had sent out locator beacons 1,000 miles east of Massachusetts and the coastguard estimated the survival time for the Britons was 20 hours after “the time of distress”.

The capsized hull of the yacht was spotted by the crew of the cargo ship Maersk Kure, which was assisting the search.

But they did not attempt to climb down to the stricken vessel and insisted there were no signs of life on board and no life raft.

The families of the men insist they would have had time to escape onto a life raft.

Speaking to Sky News after the US Coastguard decided to search again, Mr Warren’s sister Kay Coombes said: “People-power has been amazing. We’ve moved a mountain today.”

21 May 2014 | 6:07 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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