Thanks to a fundraiser, the already aborted search for the missing Argentine football professional Emiliano Sala can be continued. An underwater specialist is to search the seabed in the English Channel.

In the English Channel, the missing Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the light aircraft are to be searched further, on Monday eveningon the flight from France to England apparently crashed. Under the hashtag “NoDejenDeBuscar” (Do not Stop Searching) a crowdfunding campaign had been launched on Friday to fund further search. The announced sum of 300,000 euros had already come together on Sunday afternoon. Currently, the donations stand at just under 340,000 euros. Among the approximately 4,500 donors listed are the French Football Federation (LFP) as well as some football professionals who are under contract in France and England, such as World Champion Kylian Mbappe, French international Adrien Rabiot and Dimitri Payet or German international Ilkay Gündogan.

Underwater expert in action

The Salas family arrived on the Channel Island of Guernsey on Sunday to coordinate the renewed search. She is supported by underwater specialist David Mearns. The 60-year-old had caused quite a stir in the past through several successful searches for historic shipwrecks. Mearns announced that it would use state-of-the-art underwater technology to search the seabed in the English Channel for the missing machine.

Guernsey police stopped searching for Sala and the pilot last Thursday for failing to see a realistic chance of survival for the two missing persons. The Salas family, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and superstar Lionel Messi had appealed to continue the search. Sala was on the flight from Nantes to his new employer, Cardiff, when the light aircraft apparently crashed.

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