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That’s according to marine oceanographer and scientist David Mearns who says the body will be brought to the surface by a robotic vehicle.

Rescuers found a body inside the wreckage of the Piper Malibu N264DB earlier this week after Mearns – who specialises in underwater exploration – offered to help the Sala family for free.

However, investigators are yet to confirm if the body belongs to the Cardiff striker or British pilot David Ibbotson.

“If they are doing it now, they are doing it with a robotic vehicle, operated remotely and connected to the ship with a cable that drives a pilot,” Mearns told Argentine newspaper Clarin.

“It has cameras and microphones and has robotic arms. The issue is where the body is.

“That is, if it is to say if it is free or if it is stuck in the seats.”

A video has confirmed a body is in the wreckage which sits which sits 75 yards below the surface off the coast of Guernsey.

Mearns, however, says he has not seen the footage.

“No, I did not see the video,” he added.

“They are going to insure the body and this can be done in different ways.

“They can load it, they can put a line through it or in the case that is in the seats, they could possibly put a hook or a rope.

“Potentially, you can also put it in a basket, through the seats.

“Put the body in the basket and then, upload it. There are many ways of doing it.”

With the stricken plane now found, Mearns says he’s no longer involved with the investigation.

“I’m not involved anymore,” he explained.

“Once we found it, everything was in the hands of the British accident investigation agency.

“They must investigate what caused the fall. It is also up to them to recover the bodies.

“We are grateful for everything you are doing.

“The family will be very grateful for this effort. Now we are praying for them to succeed.”

Sala moved to Cardiff for a club record £18m.

The 28-year-old had made his name at Ligue 1 side Nantes after scoring 42 goals in 120 games.

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