‘NO HOPE’ OF FINDING CARDIFF CITY FOOTBALLER EMILIANO SALA

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A rescue official has said there is “no hope” of finding missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala alive.

The 23 year old Argentine striker and a pilot were on board the plane which lost contact off Alderney in the Channel Islands on Monday night.

Chief officer of Channel Islands Air Search, John Fitzgerald, said “even the most fit person” would only last a few hours in the water.

The search for the missing aircraft and its occupants resumed today.

Sala reportedly sent a WhatsApp voice message to family. Sounding conversational and jokey, he said he was “so scared”.

Media in Argentina reported he said: “I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart.”