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US locates missing British yacht in Atlantic, but no crew

Published on May 24, 2014 10:41 AM
The overturned hull of the Cheeki Rafiki is shown in this May 23, 2014 handout photo, as discovered by a US Navy warship east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A US Navy helicopter crew on Friday spotted the British yacht that went missing a week ago but found no signs of its four crew members, leaving a midnight deadline for suspending searches for the men unchanged, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US Navy warship helicopter has spotted a missing yacht in the Atlantic but found no trace of its four-man British crew now feared dead, American officials said on Friday.

The Cheeki Rafiki's overturned hull was located 1,000 nautical miles (1,850 kilometers) off the shore of Massachusetts.

Inside, search crews located the life raft secured in its storage space, "indicating it was not used for emergency purposes," the Coast Guard said, in further indication that the crew did not make it out alive.

The information was shared with the crewmen's families.

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