The US Coast Guard resumed a search Tuesday for four British men whose sailboat capsized 1,000 miles off Massachusetts.
Andrew Bridge, 21, James Male, 23, Paul Goslin, 56, and Steve Warren, 52, are all “experienced offshore sailors,” said Louise Nicholls, a spokeswoman for the Royal Yachting Association.
As the men tried to return to the United Kingdom from Bermuda Thursday evening, they reported that they were taking on water from an unknown leak in the boat, Nicholls said Tuesday. “They reported that the situation was fatal,” she said by phone.
The search was resumed after a request by the British government, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.
The resumption came after thousands of signatures were collected on a change.org petition. The petition said the Coast Guard had done a “fantastic job” searching for the crew of the 39-foot Cheeki Rafiki, “but we are asking that they just give them a bit more time.” More than 226,000 people had signed by late afternoon Tuesday.
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