Coast Guard: Missing yacht didn't deploy raft

BOSTON (AP) - The Coast Guard says a British yacht found overturned 1,000 miles out to sea never deployed its life raft.

Officials said Friday night the raft was secured in its storage space on board the 40-foot Cheeki Rafiki. The vessel went missing last week in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

A helicopter crew from a U.S. Navy warship spotted the hull Friday. A Navy swimmer found the boat's cabin was completely flooded and its windows shattered.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the swimmer also knocked on the hull and reached below the waterline with no results.

Simpson says the search for the ship's four crew members continues but officials planned to suspend the search at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time unless new information suggested the crew was alive.

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