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.”
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.”