The search for missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala and the pilot of a small aircraft that disappeared from radar while taking the player from Nantes to Wales has resumed Wednesday.
Called off for the night, the search is being conducted under the slim hopes that Sala was picked up by a passing boat and yet to make contact or made it into the plane’s life raft but are yet to be spotted.
The pilot has been identified as Dave Ibbotson of North Lincolnshire.
Channel Islands Air Search chief officer John Fitzgerald (video) says it is “very unlikely to have an aircraft that’s in one piece,” noting that they found an orange cushion and a bent piece of metal in the water.
UPDATE: Fitzgerald is now describing the mission as “recovery, not rescue.”
Nantes supporters held a vigil (at bottom) for Sala on Tuesday evening.
Sky Sports reports that Nantes has again canceled training, while Cardiff will resume on Wednesday.