Rescuers end search for missing plane carrying football star Emiliano Sala

London, UKUpdated: Jan 24, 2019, 09:30 PM IST

A image of Emiliano Sala is left outside the stadium as tribute. Photograph:(Reuters)

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Police ended their search for Emiliano Sala, saying the chances of finding the player alive three days after his plane went missing over the Channel were 'extremely remote'.

Rescuers said on Thursday they had ended the search for the plane carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala which disappeared over the English Channel three days ago, adding the chances of survival were 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," Guernsey Harbour Master David Barker said in a statement. 

"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," police on the British island of Guernsey said in a statement. 

Earlier on the day, Guernsey police resumed the search but they eventually called it off. 

Cardiff City's new signing Sala and the aircraft's pilot, David Ibbotson, have been missing since Monday night. 

Rescuers had mentioned that chances of finding either of them alive were almost vanishingly slim. 

A recording had since emerged of a fearful voice message Sala apparently sent in which he expressed concerns about the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft he was flying in. 

The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward was en route from Nantes in western France to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City.