Thanks to a fundraising campaign, the search for the missing Argentine football professional Emiliano Sala, which had already been canceled, can be continued. An underwater specialist is supposed to search the seabed in the English Channel.

On the English Channel, the missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the small plane are to be searched on Monday evening apparently crashed while flying from France to England. Under the hashtag “NoDejenDeBuscar” (don’t stop searching), a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Friday to finance the further search. The announced sum of 300,000 euros had already been collected on Sunday afternoon. The donation level is currently just under 340,000 euros. Among the around 4,500 donors listed are the French Football Association (LFP) and some football professionals who are under contract in France and England, such as world champion Kylian Mbappe, the French international Adrien Rabiot and Dimitri Payet or the German international Ilkay Gündogan.

Underwater expert in action

The Salas family arrived on the Channel Island of Guernsey on Sunday to coordinate the search. She is supported by the underwater specialist David Mearns. In the past, the 60-year-old had caused an international sensation with several successful searches for historical shipwrecks. Mearns announced that it would use the latest underwater technology to search the English Channel for the missing machine.

The Guernsey police stopped searching for Sala and the pilot last Thursday because they saw no realistic chance of survival for the two missings. The Salas family, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and also superstar Lionel Messi then appealed to continue the search. Sala was on the flight from Nantes to his new employer Cardiff when the small plane appeared to crash.


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