Coastguard recovers three bodies from missing British yacht

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The Dutch Coastguard has recovered three bodies from the sea, two weeks after giving up a search for a British yacht that went missing on a pleasure voyage along the Dutch coast.

The Dutch Coastguard has recovered three bodies from the sea, two weeks after giving up a search for a British yacht that went missing on a pleasure voyage along the Dutch coast.

Two have been positively identified as members of the crew of the Tuila - Cambridge University student Carol Smith and Adam Clackson, the only experienced sailor on board.

A fisherman alerted the Coast Guard that he saw a body floating about one mile off the coast of the northern town of Den Helder, said spokesman Peter van Oorschot.

Shortly after it was pulled from the sea, another was recovered close by and a third was found five miles away, he said.

The Dutch Coastguard is continuing to search for the fourth body with two helicopters, a customs boat, and 14 lifeboats close to the island of Texel where the other bodies were spotted.

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