Berenice Schkair was speaking after Emiliano Sala’s wrecked plane was found. She has asked people to pray for the star. she shared a picture of her lover with the caption #prayforsala as investigators prepare to try and recover the debris. It was found 13 days after it disappeared on a flight from Nantes to Cardiff .
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed on Monday that a body is visible in the wreck, which is about 67m deep.
Marine scientist David Mearns – known as “the Shipwreck Hunter” – volunteered to help the Sala family for free after initial search and rescue efforts by a number of agencies failed.
Mr Mearns and his team, working in conjunction with the AAIB, found the remains of the plane within two hours of starting their search.
He said he had stayed in regular contact with the Sala family by text message because of the language barrier.
“The body will be the most sensitive of objects that they are picking up so they will be very careful about that – they will undoubtedly have people on board who are experienced with the recovery of human remains.
“Sadly this is not the first time this will have happened. I’m sure they will have the right professionals out there for that.”
He said the discovery had been so quick because the team had been looking for a static object rather than in a dynamic environment searching for survivors.
“No-one should walk away with the impression that the coastguard and also the Channel Islands air search did anything other than a professional job,” he said.