"I just felt that girl needed help and that's why I offered my assistance. I am a football fan. Cardiff is not my city, but I follow football. I felt very badly for her, I wanted to help. I just
happen to be a person with this experience and skill and I could do that. To add to it, this was a man in the prime of his life. It is just so tremendously sad."
-- Marine scientist
, who led a privately funded search for the small aircraft carrying Argentine star Emiliano Sala
from France to Wales that crashed in the English Channel after Sala
had been transferred from Nantes to Cardiff City. Mearns, whose expedition found the plane at the bottom of the English Channel, said he was compelled to search for the plane after seeing an emotional
plea by Sala's sister, Romina
. (BBC Radio 4 Today