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Missing Yachtsman: "Won't Have Given Up" Friend Tells LBC

Tuesday 20th May 2014

A friend of one of the four British sailors missing in the Atlantic phoned up LBC to make an emotional appeal for the search to continue.

The four missing sailors

Francesca Williams went to school with Andrew Bridge (pictured far right) and told LBC's Julia Hartley-Brewer his resilience makes her sure he is still alive.

"He is the most resourceful, creative, hands on person," she explained. "He's the type of person that one day his guitar amp wasn't working so he fixed up his guitars to his car just so he could play his guitar loudly for all his friends.

"He's so resourceful, he won't have just given up, he will be fighting, he will be using his brain, he'll be using his resources." 

More than 160 thousand people have signed a petition urging the American coastguard to restart the rescue operation for the yachtsmen, who ran into difficulties about 620 miles east of Cape Cod in Massachusetts last Thursday while returning to the UK from a regatta in Antigua.

Contact with the yacht - the Cheeki Rafiki - was lost in the early hours of Friday when they diverted to the Azores. The search was called off two days later.

Experienced captain Bridge, 22, and crew members James Male, 23, Steve Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56 were all on board.

UPDATE: The US coastguard says it is restarting plans for a search.