Rescue operation has resumed for Emiliano Sala today with major police updates

Sudarshan Venkatesan
|Published 24/01/2019

Even though Guernsey police are trying to recover, there is no hope of finding Emiliano Sala who is believed to have been submerged with the plane. 

Argentine International who signed for Cardiff City on 21st January headed back to Nantes to say goodbye to his friends. While he was on his way to Wales, it is believed that Sala and the other two on board have crashed into the sea.

A thorough search has been going on from Guernsey Police, and one of the Chief Officer of Islands Air Search, John Fitzgerald expressed his concern by saying that ‘the fittest person in the world would not be able to survive in water for this long’.

Fitzgerald added by saying “Sadly, I really don’t think, personally, there is any hope. At this time of year the conditions out there are pretty horrendous if you are actually in the water.”

After a continuous search, they were not able to find anything until yesterday. In the hopes of recovery, Guernsey have headed today morning to continue their extensive operation.

Meanwhile, Sala’s father Horacio told Argentine media on Tuesday: “The hours go by and it makes me think of the worst.

“I just want them to find him. The last thing they said is that the communication ended when they crossed the river [English Channel].”

On the other hand, Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman said that they made arrangements for Sala to travel back to England, but he declined assistance from the club who made him the record signing.

“The player’s reaction to that was that he wanted to make his own arrangements which would be much quicker.”

“We have looked into this quite thoroughly and it is quite evident that Cardiff has the responsibility to offer the player to make arrangements [for travel], which will be commercial flights,”

“That would have meant taking the train from Nantes to Paris, then Paris to Heathrow, then drive down [to Cardiff].

“It has been a couple of difficult days but I have to say, the family of football has been really supportive, not only within Cardiff Football Club but around the world,” added Dalman.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received.

“It is just tragic. We continue to hope and pray but you also have to be realistic and it doesn’t look good at this moment.”


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