Navy Finds Missing Yacht; 4 Aboard Still Missing

British crew lost contact off coast of Massachusetts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2014 3:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Navy warship has located the overturned hull of a British yacht that went missing last week 1,000 miles off the Massachusetts coast, but there's no sign of the ship's four crew members. A helicopter from the warship spotted the hull today, and a small boat crew confirmed it bore the name of the 40-foot Cheeki Rafiki. A Navy swimmer found the boat's cabin was flooded and its windows shattered. The swimmer also knocked on the hull and reached below the waterline with no results.

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Unless new sightings suggest the crew members might be alive, the search will be called off as scheduled at 10pm Eastern. The Cheeki Rafiki had been returning to England from a regatta in Antigua when it reported trouble on May 15. Contact with the crew—which included 22-year-old captain Andrew Bridge and crew members James Male, 23, Steve Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56—was lost the following day. (Read more yachts stories.)

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