AT SEA - JUNE 17: In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, onboard Team Alvimedica. Day 1. Free from the Bay of Biscay the fleet rounds Brest on the way to the English Channel, all within close proximity. Will Oxley looks at the on-deck nav screen while navigating the busy French coastline. during the sailing of Leg 9 starting on June 16, 2015 between Lorient, France and Gothenburg, Sweden with a Pitstop in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica via Getty Images)

Guernsey Police have confirmed that the search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala has been resumed.

The Argentine striker and a pilot are missing after the Piper PA-46 Malibu they were flying on disappeared off Alderney in the Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday.

Sala was travelling from Nantes to Wales after being confirmed as Cardiff City’s record signing on Saturday for £15m following an impressive start to the season in Ligue 1 Nantes.

Search and rescue teams had worked tirelessly to find the missing plane on Tuesday before the effort was called off for the night.

Despite initial fears that today’s weather conditions may postpone the search for the aircraft, Guernsey Police have confirmed the operation is back on.

“We have resumed searching,” read a police statement on Twitter.

“Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since [Sala’s plane] went missing.

“Coastal areas around Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air. Updates will be provided once information is available.”

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Tributes have since been pouring in for Sala with hundreds of Nantes supporters gathering in the city centre in his honour.

However, the 28-year-old’s father Horacio Sala admits he’s losing hope.

“First thing and mainly, I would like to find him alive,” said Horacio in his native Argentina.

“But I am losing hope because, if they can’t find him in the water, I have to say this doesn’t look good.

“My wife and my daughter are going to travel now, I don’t know if they are going to France or to England.

“No one has called us, including no one from the Government. We are a modest family and have no contacts at that level. I heard it was snowing, I don’t know.

“It is something that has no explanation. He had a whole future in front of him and many projects.”