Britons missing at sea after Antigua Sailing Week
A search has been called off for four Britons missing in the Atlantic after their yacht began taking in water.
The men were taking the Cheeki Rafiki 40ft performance racer-cruiser to the UK after taking part in the Antigua Sailing Week.
Contact was lost early on Friday. It is thought they could have moved to a life raft after capsizing.
Southampton charter firm Stormforce Coaching said it was “devastated” the US Coast Guard-organised air and sea search had ended “so soon”.
US Coast Guard spokesman Rob Simpson said it had “saturated the area” in a two-day search and “we would have found them” if it had been possible.
The Royal Yachting Association named the four crew members as Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset, Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset, Andrew Bridge, 21, from Farnham, Surrey, and 23-year-old James Male, from Southampton. It described all four as “very experienced offshore yachtsmen”. (BBC)