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Lost Yachtsman Was Fulfilling Lifelong Dream

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6:57am 27th May 2014
(Updated 6:57am 27th May 2014)

The family of lost Cheeki Rafiki yachtsman Paul Goslin have paid tribute to the 56 year old, who grew up in south east Cornwall.

Mr Goslin learnt to sail off the Duchy coast - and his family say had a lifelong dream of crossing the Atlantic.

He was on the yacht with James Male, 23, Andrew Bridge, 22, and Steve Warren, 52, when it went missing enroute from Antigua to the UK on May 15.

The upturned 40ft yacht was found by the US Navy on Friday 1,000 miles from the Massachusetts coast, with no signs of life and its life raft still stored on board.

In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, the Goslin family said: "As you can imagine we were deeply saddened by the news on Friday night and are struggling to come to terms with the fact that Paul, our wonderful husband, son, father, grandfather, won't be found alive and returned home to us. 

"Paul was deeply loving and exceptionally intelligent and we know will be missed by everyone that knew him.

"Paul had been a passionate sailor for many years and loved everything to do with the water.  He'd been talking about sailing across the Atlantic for many years. 

"We are therefore, trying to take some comfort in the knowledge that he was fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams."

Mr Male's family said in a statement that they were "deeply saddened" by Friday's developments.

They added: "James was a passionate sailor, surfer, kayaker and all round water sport enthusiast as well as being a keen snowboarder and outdoor instructor. 

"He loved being in the outdoors and on the water teaching new skills to people. We must therefore try to take some comfort in the knowledge that he was doing something he really loved."

Both families thanked all those who had supported them during a difficult week, adding that they had drawn strength from the other families. 

They also thanked those involved in the search "especially the US and Canadian Coast Guards, the US Navy, the RAF, the merchant vessels and smaller yachts sailing through the area". 

The UK Government, especially the Foreign Office, was also praised for support that was "second to none".

Thanking the media as well, each family asked for the space and time to remember Paul and James.

The family of the yacht skipper, Mr Bridge, from Farnham, Surrey, also thanked the search teams and paid tribute to the experienced sailor.

In a statement yesterday they 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.

The family of Mr Warren, from Bridgwater, Somerset, said yesterday: "From the beginning we, together with the other families involved, have continued to hold out hope that he would be found alive. The US Coast Guard have led an exceptional search.

"This is now an incredibly difficult time for all the family."

6:57am 27th May 2014

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