Ex-pat says 'it would be easy to get lost' in area of Tenerife where Jay Slater went missing

An ex-pat who has lived in Tenerife for 10 years has said it "would be easy to get lost" in the area where teen Jay Slater went missing.

Andrew Knight, who moved out to the Canary Islands 10 years ago, has donated the use of several vehicles from his company Sanasty Care Hire to help with the search for 19-year-old Jay. The search is now in its seventh day as emergency services continue to scour the island.

Mr Knight told the Manchester Evening News that it would be 'easy to get lost' for inexperienced trekkers.


"The landscape in Masca is treacherous and dangerous; steep cliffs, loose rocks, cacti everywhere and large ravines," he said. "It is extremely difficult to find someone in the landscape.

"It's a huge area, most of it difficult to walk or climb. It would be easy to get lost. Lots of the mountains all look the same, the hiking trails all lead into each other and it's difficult to work out when one ends and another begins if you are inexperienced.

"The police are working tirelessly along with volunteers, Guardia Civil and mountain rescue teams. I chose to help because there is a mother missing her son; the family and friends are distraught.

Jay Slater
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"I knew i could bring some exposure and attention through my social media channels and when I saw people were struggling to reach the area, I decided to offer some of the rental cars I have for free to use as getting to Masca is not easy and is 50 minutes away from the main Tenerife South Tourist area."

Jay, an apprentice bricklayer, was last heard from on Monday morning after going out on the Sunday night with friends. Several members of his family, including mum Debbie and dad Warren, have flown out to Tenerife to assist with the search.