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
US Finds Missing Yacht; 4 Aboard Still Missing
A file photo issued by the Royal Yachting Association of the Cheeki Rafiki.   (AP Photo/Royal Yachting Association/PA)

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.

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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