There will be an underwater search that will look at the seabed for Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson.
The search for Cardiff City’s Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala continues.
The player and his English Pilot, David Ibbotson, disappeared more than a week ago when they were traveling from Nantes, Frances, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
After French and English authorities tried to locate them alive, the search was not successful and they ended up calling off the mission after more than three days.
But his family wants closure, and a private GoFundMe campaign has reached £300,000 in donations.
And today the underwater seabed search will start as explained by chief investigator David Mearns, who will work together with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
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“Once we locate any wreckage then we go into the next phase of identifying it visually with a robotic vehicle… that will be to define and identify the wreckage,” Mearns explained to Sky Sports News.
“If it was summertime it would be straightforward but there’s a lot of complications.”
“I don’t want to give people false hope, there’s never a guarantee with a search, particularly in this area where wreckage can actually move,” he commented.
“We saw earlier this morning there were seven French trawlers in that area with scallop dredgers on the seabed.”
“Hopefully, they haven’t disturbed anything beyond anything like that and we have a very good chance of finding this,” he added.
Sala’s family had previously asked authorities not to stop looking, but the French and English authorities said there was no chance to find them alive.
His family arrived in Guernsey ahead of the search, and have been actively talking to the press about Sala.
Meanwhile, there have been tributes for him all around the football world, with Cardiff City welcoming him as a player even if he never trained at all with them.
Huge result. Special night 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/2bAFuni2rQ
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