Family of UK yacht 'saddened' as search called off

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Updated Saturday, May 24 at 11:33 AM

LONDON (AP) — The family of the skipper of a British yacht found upturned in the sea a week after it went missing say they are shocked and saddened after the vessel's life raft was found unused.

Britain's Foreign Office say it has decided to recall a Royal Air Force plane due to search for the Cheeki Rafiki's four missing crew Saturday, after the U.S. Coast Guard also called off its search.

A helicopter spotted the overturned hull of the 39-foot (12-meter) yacht off the coast of Massachusetts late Friday, a week after it reported trouble. Officials said photos confirmed that the boat's life raft was still stowed in the hull.

In a statement, skipper Andrew Bridge's family said he would be "dearly missed by everyone who knew him."

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