Guernsey Police Officially End Search For Emiliano Sala After 24 Hours Continuous Search

Guernsey Police have confirmed that they have ended their search for the plane that was carrying Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala from Nantes back to Cardiff.

Emiliano Sala returned to Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates after signing for the Premier League side last weekend and then boarded his flight to return to the Welsh capital on Monday night.

News struck on Tuesday morning that the plane had gone missing and the search to find the aircraft, the pilot and Sala started.

The search has now been ended and next of kin informed.

In a length statement Harbour Master Captain David Barker said, "My team have just met to review the search and rescue operation which has been underway since the plane disappeared on Monday night.

"Despite the best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, which has covered an area of approximately 1,700 sq. miles - with a significant amount of this searched more than once - and having examined mobile phone data and satellite imagery, we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or the passenger.

"There has been over 24 hours of continuous searching, with 80 hours combined flying time across three planes and five helicopters. Two lifeboats have also been involved, as well as assistance from various passing ships and fishing boats.

"We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.

"The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.

"Next of kin have been informed of this development, and my thoughts go out to the family of the pilot and passenger at this most difficult of times.

"This has been a very thorough and extensive search, co-ordinated from the Guernsey-based Joint Emergency Services Control Centre and has seen exemplary co-operation from all countries involved, for which I would like to extend my personal thanks.

"The final aircraft searching for the missing plane and those on board has now landed. Although we are no longer actively searching, the incident remains open and we will be broadcasting to all vessels and aircraft in the area to keep a look out for any trace of the aircraft. This will continue indefinitely.

"Unless there is a significant development, there will be no further updates."

Ryan Sidle

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