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Hopes fade for soccer star Sala as rescuers search Channel

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Hopes fade for soccer star Sala as rescuers search Channel

Hopes fade for soccer star Sala as rescuers search Channel

Rescuers are gloomy over the survival chances of missing soccer star Emiliano Sala and his pilot after their plane disappears over the Channel.


Hopes fade for soccer star Sala as rescuers search Channel


(SOUNDBITE) (English) GUERNSEY HARBOURMASTER, CAPTAIN DAVID BARKER, SAYING: "The search has recommenced this morning.

We have on task at the moment a search and rescue helicopter from the UK, Air Search One from the Channel Islands Air Search, another fixed-wing aircraft is on its way from the UK and the French authorities are supplying a military jet to conduct a search over a wider area for us." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) GUERNSEY HARBOURMASTER, CAPTAIN DAVID BARKER, SAYING: "If they're in the water I would have said their chances of survival now have diminished to almost zero because it's very cold in the water out there it has been rough overnight as well.

If they're safely in a life raft then there chances of survival are much greater because they're isolated from the cold water." STORY: A search for soccer star Emiliano Sala swept the seas between France and England on Wednesday (January 23) more than 36 hours after the plane he was flying in disappeared, as a recording emerged of a fearful voice message he apparently sent from the aircraft.

Two planes scoured an area northwest of the Channel Island of Alderney where unidentified debris was earlier spotted, but rescuers said chances of finding Cardiff City-bound Sala or the pilot alive were fading fast.

The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward was flying from Nantes in western France to Cardiff for his debut with his Premier League club.

In a chilling voice message sent to friends, which Argentina's Clarin newspaper said was authenticated by Sala's father, Horacio, the player expressed concerns about the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft he was flying in.

Sala joined struggling Cardiff from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($19 million), having scored 12 goals for the French club this season.

Both clubs were fearing the worst.

Cardiff City fans laid tributes outside their stadium to a player they barely knew but had built high hopes around.

The plane had been cruising at 5,000 feet (1,525 m) when the pilot requested to descend to a lower altitude on passing Guernsey.

It lost radar contact at 2,300 feet (700 m), Guernsey police said.

Police on Tuesday added the chance of finding survivors was slim and the prospect appeared bleaker a day later, with the water temperature in the Channel barely 10 degrees centigrade.

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