Police confirm Emiliano Sala’s body has been found

The week long search of the plane carrying new Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala late last month has come to its tragic end point after Dorset Police confirmed in a statement that they found the body of the 28-year-old Argentine in the wreckage. 

On Wednesday, it emerged an unidentified body – now known to be Sala – was brought off ship, Geo Ocean III, on a stretcher and transferred to a private ambulance before being taken to Dorset Police and the local coroner.The body has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala. 

statement released via the Dorset Police website late on Thursday read: “The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.“HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police. 

“On Monday 21 January 2019 a plane carrying both men was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control, north of Guernsey. 

“Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants. Subsequently AAIB and privately funded search teams were deployed to the relevant area. Using specialist equipment the teams succeeded in locating and identifying the plane and recovering Mr Sala’s body.”