US Navy finds hull of missing British yacht

Friday 23 May 2014 22.20
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The yacht was found by the US Navy helicopter and a boat was dispatched (pic: US Coast Guard)
The yacht was found by the US Navy helicopter and a boat was dispatched (pic: US Coast Guard)
The Cheeki Rafiki was sailing from a regatta in Antigua back to the UK when it got into difficulty
The Cheeki Rafiki was sailing from a regatta in Antigua back to the UK when it got into difficulty

The overturned hull of missing British yacht Cheeki Rafiki has been found in the north Atlantic Ocean.

The 40ft racing yacht, with four British sailors on board was sailing from a regatta in Antigua back to the UK when it got into difficulties on Thursday 15 May.

Contact with the yacht was lost in the early hours of the following The yacht  day when the crew diverted to the Azores.

The US Coast Guard said the yacht was found today by the US Navy helicopter and a boat was dispatched to the area.

A crew was sent to examine the boat and a spokesman for the US Coast Guard said a surface swimmer had identified the name on the boat.

No survivors have yet been found.