It led to the discovery of the light aircraft and a body, which was later formally identified as Sala.
The plane remains 67 metres under water 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.
More than £120,000 has been raised by a campaign to resume the search Mr Ibbotson, of Crowle, Lincs, thanks to donations under the names of Gary Lineker and Kylian Mbappe.
A message on the fundraising website reads: “Please help bring David Ibbotson home and help give him the send off he deserves.
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