DAY 4: THE SEARCH FOR EMILIANO SALA CONTINUES
The search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala was resumed on Thursday, police confirmed.
The aircraft carrying the striker from Nantes to Cardiff disappeared on Monday, losing contact with air traffic control near Casquets lighthouse – around eight miles north west of Guernsey in the English Channel.
The search for the plane has been underway since, but has so far turned up nothing and been hindered by difficult conditions.
The search was suspended on Wednesday night, with Guernsey Police saying a decision whether to recommence would be taken on Thursday morning.
In an update released at 7.50am on Thursday, Guernsey Police confirmed the search had begun once again.
Sala’s former Bordeaux team-mate Diego Rolan said Sala contacted a friend before the plane took off, telling him he was worried something would go wrong.
“I received a message that Emiliano had sent to one of his friends in Argentina and I was very scared by everything that’s happened. I am in shock. Before he had left he predicted everything that happened and sent it to a friend who was also very scared.
“He told a friend that he was very scared about the plane and that if they could not find it, they would already know what happened. What he predicted is what happened.”
“I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart,” he said in one, adding in another: “If you do not have any more news from in an hour-and-a-half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me… I am getting scared.”