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150,000 sign petition urging US to resume search for British yachtsmen

Published on May 20, 2014 8:14 PM

LONDON (AFP) - More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling on the US Coast Guard to resume the search for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic Ocean.

British government minister Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has also urged the US Coast Guard (USCG) to keep looking for the crew of Cheeki Rafiki, who have not been heard from since Friday.

The 12-metre yacht first began taking on water on Thursday, some 1,000 kilometres east of Cape Cod. The yachtsmen were returning from Antigua Sailing Week in the Caribbean.

Contact was lost on Friday and the USCG called off their efforts on Sunday.

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