US Navy warship has found the hull of the Cheeki Rafiki

Missing hull found

Missing hull found

James Male

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THE HULL of the missing Southampton yacht Cheeki Rafiki has been found by the US Navy.

The US Coast Guard has confirmed a surface swimmer spotted the name on the back of the boat but was unable to get inside to see if the life raft was there or not.

They expect to find the rest of the vessel soon but despite the discovery they confirmed that they still intended to end their search in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

There is still no sign of missing yachtsman James Male, from Romsey, and his three crew mates.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the families of the four men have been kept informed of the developments.

The US Coast Guard  said a US navy warship helicopter crew discovered the overturned hull 1,000 miles off Massachusetts.

A close inspection of the debris confirmed the identity of the yacht, which had been flooded.

A coast guard spokesman said: ''The swimmer determined the boat's cabin was flooded and windows were shattered, contributing to the complete flooding inside.

''The swimmer also knocked on the hull and reached an arm's length below the waterline with no results. Surface swimmers are not trained divers and do not perform sub-surface operations.''

Officials said the coastguard still intended to call off the search as the latest development failed to suggest the crew would still be alive.

It said: ''Navy crews observed that the sailing vessel's keel was broken off, causing a breach in the hull.

''The hull sighting has not impacted search planning as teams continue to look for a bright-coloured life raft as their search object.

''The US Coast Guard made an announcement, Thursday, that search operations would be suspended at midnight Friday unless new information or sightings suggested the crew would still be alive. None of the current developments indicate that to be the case.''

A Foreign Office spokesman said it was keeping in close contact with their American counterparts.

The spokesman said: ''The US Navy has informed us it has located the hull of the Cheeki Rafiki.

''We have informed the families and remain in close contact with them and with the US Coast Guard who continue to lead the search operation.''

The Foreign Office was unable to confirm any details about the possible fate of the crew members.

Experienced captain Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, and crew members 23-year-old James, Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, and Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, were on board the yacht when it is thought to have got into trouble around 620 miles east of Cape Cod last Thursday.

An initial search by the US Coast Guard was suspended on Sunday but after pressure from the British Government, the search was resumed on Tuesday.

 

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9:14pm Fri 23 May 14

bullsbags says...

If they have found the hull and then call off the search tonight it's a disgrace
If it was us searching for an American crew we would be up their backsides going yes sir,no sir,how high sir
If they have found the hull and then call off the search tonight it's a disgrace If it was us searching for an American crew we would be up their backsides going yes sir,no sir,how high sir bullsbags
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9:32pm Fri 23 May 14

montyplum says...

Typical spams..... If one of there boats goes missing near us .... Do it for 2 days then stop see how there family's feel....
Typical spams..... If one of there boats goes missing near us .... Do it for 2 days then stop see how there family's feel.... montyplum
  • Score: 3

10:51pm Fri 23 May 14

ilikepotatoes89 says...

This is bad. =(
My thoughts parayers and my heart is with there families.
It seems like there is little chance of survival now its been too long.
This is bad. =( My thoughts parayers and my heart is with there families. It seems like there is little chance of survival now its been too long. ilikepotatoes89
  • Score: 1

11:25pm Fri 23 May 14

Cuzthesaint says...

Billsbag you are on the money sir! People's life's at stake here. If they have found the hull they must continue the search for any possible hope. If it was the British Navy searching for USA personnel The search would continue. Now have some heart and continue your search for these lads. ......
Billsbag you are on the money sir! People's life's at stake here. If they have found the hull they must continue the search for any possible hope. If it was the British Navy searching for USA personnel The search would continue. Now have some heart and continue your search for these lads. ...... Cuzthesaint
  • Score: 2

12:34am Sat 24 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

I'd love to see the British Hercules and British Navy find these guys alive. It would prove our superiority over anything American, not that their is any doubt.
I'd love to see the British Hercules and British Navy find these guys alive. It would prove our superiority over anything American, not that their is any doubt. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 4

7:07am Sat 24 May 14

VOR666 says...

montyplum wrote:
Typical spams..... If one of there boats goes missing near us .... Do it for 2 days then stop see how there family's feel....
Their boats.
Their families.
[quote][p][bold]montyplum[/bold] wrote: Typical spams..... If one of there boats goes missing near us .... Do it for 2 days then stop see how there family's feel....[/p][/quote]Their boats. Their families. VOR666
  • Score: 0

7:56am Sat 24 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

THis thread wins the prize for the most consistently incorrect use of the words "their" and "there".
THis thread wins the prize for the most consistently incorrect use of the words "their" and "there". MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: -2

8:10am Sat 24 May 14

cliffwalker says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
THis thread wins the prize for the most consistently incorrect use of the words "their" and "there".
It's in the running for a prize for ill informed xenophobia, too. No wonder UKIP has done so well.
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: THis thread wins the prize for the most consistently incorrect use of the words "their" and "there".[/p][/quote]It's in the running for a prize for ill informed xenophobia, too. No wonder UKIP has done so well. cliffwalker
  • Score: 1

9:02am Sat 24 May 14

The Man who says Hmmm says says...

Hmm.
Hmm. The Man who says Hmmm says
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4:51pm Sat 24 May 14

frenchvic says...

VOR666 wrote:
montyplum wrote:
Typical spams..... If one of there boats goes missing near us .... Do it for 2 days then stop see how there family's feel....
Their boats.
Their families.
If this is all you can say you are one very sad person.
[quote][p][bold]VOR666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]montyplum[/bold] wrote: Typical spams..... If one of there boats goes missing near us .... Do it for 2 days then stop see how there family's feel....[/p][/quote]Their boats. Their families.[/p][/quote]If this is all you can say you are one very sad person. frenchvic
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