Search for missing Cardiff City's Emiliano Sala resumes in English Channel

Emiliano Sala was unveiled as Cardiff’s record signing on Saturday More

Guernsey police have said the current plan is for the search to resume at sunrise tomorrow.

A FC Nantes soccer fan displays an old copy of French soccer magazine, France Football, featuring FC Nantes soccer player Emiliano Sala of Argentina, during a tribute in Nantes, western France, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

British and French coastguards scoured the seas off the island of Guernsey on Tuesday for the single-engine plane after it lost radar contact on its way from Nantes in western France to the Welsh capital.

It was resumed at 8:00am on Tuesday morning but no traces of the aircraft have been found.

After meeting his former Nantes teammates, Sala was expected to take a light aircraft from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday evening.

We learned from a police source that the plane disappeared last night about twenty kilometers north of the island of Guernsey, with Emiliano Sala inside.




"I think with the sea temperatures and the sea conditions the chances of finding anybody alive are reducing all the time", Channel Islands Air Search chief officer John Fitzgerald told The BBC.

It comes as police said on Wednesday morning that they were focussing their search on the theory that Sala and his pilot are in a life raft in the English Channel. "The sea temperatures are very, very cold and just sap the core temperature of anybody in the water very, very quickly". "It is concerning because if they're in the water their chances of surviving are diminishing all the time".

The plane lost contact while at 2,300ft.

Sala was travelling from Nantes to Wales, where he was due to link up with Cardiff City after completing a club-record move to the Premier League club on Saturday.

A powerful and direct player, Sala equaled his career-best total of 12 goals - achieved in the past two seasons with Nantes - in 19 league games this season.

"We still have crews out searching, and once they return later today (Wednesday) they will file a report, at which point we hope to issue a full statement".

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