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Belvedere woman launches petition to restart search for Cheeki Rafiki crew members

PUBLISHED: 12:08 20 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:08 20 May 2014

The petition has reached 150,000 signatures.

The petition has reached 150,000 signatures.

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A woman has launched a petition to restart the search for the missing Cheeki Rafiki crew members.

Nicola Evans of Belvedere, Bexley, has started the online petition to appeal for more time to find Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge.

It has reached 150,000 signatures.

It reads: “The US Coast Guard has done a fantastic job searching for the crew, but we are asking that they just give them a bit more time. It is reported that two consecutive signals were picked up from personal beacons indicating that they had made it to the life raft. They deserve a chance to be found, please help by signing this petition to ask the US Coastguard to please search again.”

It continues: “I sailed with Andy on Cheeki Rafiki last summer during the Fastnet 2013 race. Andy is an amazing guy and showed such genuine care for me and all his crew mates, that we all consider him a close friend and desperately want him to be found.”

The four men had been returning the Cheeki Rafiki racer to the UK after Antigua Sailing Week and are believed to have run into difficulties on Thursday, when it began taking on water.

Contact with them was lost on Friday and the search for them was called off on Sunday at 5am.

The petition can be found on change.org/en-GB/petitions/uscg-restart-the-search-for-the-missing-cheekirafiki-crew-dontstopsearching

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