John Fitzgerald, the chief officer of Channel Islands Air Search, has said there is no hope of finding missing Cardiff City star, Emiliano Sala alive.
The 28-year-old striker and a pilot were on board a flight that lost contact near Alderney, in the English Channel Island on Monday night.
Fitzgerald said “even the most fit person” would have only lasted a few hours in the water.
The search for the missing aircraft and its occupants resumed on Wednesday, after rescue efforts were abandoned late on Tuesday.
The Argentine player reportedly sent a WhatsApp voice message to family, saying he was “so scared”.
Media in Argentina reported that he said: “I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart.”
Guernsey Police said it deployed three planes and one helicopter, as they searched for traces of the Piper Malibu plane the victims were flying in.
The force said: “There is as yet no trace today of the missing aircraft. The search is ongoing and a decision whether to continue will be taken later today.”
“Officers are also reviewing satellite imagery and mobile phone data to see if they can be of any assistance in the search,” they stated.
Sala was travelling to the Welsh capital after signing for the Bluebirds from French club, Nantes in a £15 million deal.
The single-engine plane was said to have left Nantes, north of France, on Monday night and, had been flying at 5, 000ft when it contacted a Jersey air traffic control requesting descent.