Solent Coastguard’s rescue helicopter is involved with the search for missing Cardiff City footballer, Emiliano Sala.

The £15 million striker has been missing since a light aircraft he was travelling disappeared south-west of the Isle of Wight, in the English Channel, on Monday night (21).

The AW189 helicopter has been seen flying over the Isle of Wight today towards the Channel Islands – and back to Lee-on-the-Solent – as the search continues.

(c) Plane Finder

It’s emerged Sala sent voice messages to his friends – telling them he was scared and feared it was falling apart.

Searches for his light aircraft are focusing on areas around Guernsey.

A HM Coastguard spokesperson told Isle of Wight Radio:

“HM Coastguard Lee-on-Solent helicopter and our fixed-wing aircraft have been searching since about 7am this morning.

“The Lee-on-Solent helicopter has just been released from the search to refuel and change duty crews.

“If the weather remains favourable the intention is that the helicopter will re-join the search under the coordination of Guernsey Coastguard. The fixed-wing aircraft is still on scene searching the area.”