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Tragic Sailors: Skipper 'Dearly Missed'
The family of yachtsman Andrew Bridge say they are "deeply saddened" by the discovery of the upturned hull of the missing boat Cheeki Rafiki.
The search for the four British sailors ended at 3am UK time after a search of the capsized vessel found the only realistic means of survival had not been deployed.
Mr Bridge, the yacht skipper, was one of four men on board the boat which got into trouble on May 15.
The family statement said: "Andrew will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the rest of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki.
"We would like to thank everyone who's helped in the search for Andrew including the US Coast Guard, the Canadian Coast Guard, the RAF, Merchant vessels, the yachting community and the British and American Governments."
It added that they had been "overwhelmed" by public support.
US Navy divers found the boat with a missing keel and a completely flooded cabin with shattered windows, said the Coast Guard.
"A US Navy warship smallboat crew and surface swimmer captured underwater imagery clearly identifying the raft in its storage space [behind the wheel]. The image was shared with and acknowledged by the families," said a statement.
"The crew and swimmer deployed to investigate the overturned boat after a helicopter crew located it 1,000 miles offshore Massachusetts and within the US Coast Guard's search area.
It had already been announced that the search would be called off in the early hours of Saturday if no signs of possible survival were discovered.
"None of the current developments" indicate the crew are still alive, said the US Coast Guard.
The upturned 40ft yacht had been found on Friday, with divers first knocking on the hull to check for signs of life.
The families had said they were still hopeful their loved ones would be found.
Relatives of Steve Warren, 52, Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 23, and Paul Goslin, 56, said they had been told "endless stories" of people surviving for months at sea.
A statement on behalf of Steve Warren's family said it was an "incredibly difficult" time and that the search effort had been "exceptional".
The vessel ran into difficulties on May 15 and began taking on water while returning to the UK from a regatta in Antigua.
Yacht training and charter company Stormforce Coaching said it had been in contact with the skipper at the time, and that the crew were keeping the situation stable.
The original search was halted after 53 hours amid bad weather but resumed on Tuesday after a request from the UK government and a online petition which collected more than 200,000 names.
Rescuers scoured more than 21,000 square miles of ocean during their second search for the boat.
Experts had agreed it would be impossible for the crew to survive outside of the life raft in cold, rough seas for more than 20 hours.
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My thoughts are with the families of the crew of the Cheeky Rafiki after the sad news its hull has been found with the life-raft unused."