Footballer Emiliano Sala Presumed Dead After Plane Vanished

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
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Rescuers and officials have given up hope of finding missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala alive, a rescue official has said, after a plane he was traveling in disappeared earlier this week.

The Argentine striker, 28, and a pilot were on board the plane, which lost contact off Alderney in the Channel Islands on Monday night, reports the BBC.

Chief officer of Channel Islands Air Search, John Fitzgerald, said "even the most fit person" would not survive more than a few hours in the water.

The search for the missing aircraft and its occupants resumed on Wednesday.

Sala reportedly sent a WhatsApp voice message to family, saying he was "so scared."

Media in Argentina reported he said: "I'm on a plane that looks like it's going to fall apart."

As of 11:30 GMT on Wednesday, Guernsey Police said there were three planes and one helicopter in the air as they searched for traces of the Piper Malibu plane.

The force said it was also "reviewing satellite imagery and mobile phone data to see if they can be of any assistance in the search. So far today nothing spotted can be attributed to the missing plane."

Sala was flying to the Welsh capital after signing for the Bluebirds from French club Nantes in a £15 million deal.

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