An underwater search is set to begin for the missing plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala, a scientist involved in the operation has said.
Funding for a private air and sea rescue mission was secured after the official efforts were brought to an end, with more than 4,000 people having made donations to help surpass the €300,000 (£259,000) target.
Now a survey vessel has been hired to carry out an underwater search this weekend.
Surrounded by family of the Argentine striker, David Mearns, of Bluewater Recoveries, told reporters: “We have sourced and hired a survey vessel equipped with state of the art search equipment, which will be used to conduct an underwater search for the wreckage in the area of the last radar contact.
“The survey vessel is currently being mobilised in Southampton, and subject to weather conditions, will be re-positioned to Guernsey on Thursday or Friday this week.
“Based on current weather predictions, we are hopeful that the underwater search will begin on the weekend, most probably on Sunday.”