Search for sailors on British yacht suspended

PHILIP MARCELO
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In this photo provided by the United States Navy, the overturned hull of the Cheeki Rafiki is shown as discovered by a U.S. Navy warship within the search area approximately 1,000 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., Friday, May 23, 2014. International search efforts of more than 17,500 miles have yielded no sign of the missing sailors. Although the warship located the overturned hull of the British yacht that went missing last week in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, officials said the search for any survivors will conclude on Friday evening. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its active search for four missing crew members of a British yacht found overturned about 1,000 miles out to sea.

The search for the crew of the 39-foot Cheeki Rafiki was halted Friday night, a few hours after the overturned hull was spotted by a U.S. Navy warship. The sailing vessel's life raft had not been deployed.

Coast Guard officials say "extreme sea conditions" at the time of a May 16 distress call put the crew's estimated survival time at 20 hours.

American, British and Canadian vessels and aircraft participated in the search covering more than 20,000 square miles in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cheeki Rafiki had had been returning to England from a regatta in Antigua when it reported trouble.