'I've lived in Tenerife for 10 years - where Jay Slater went missing it would be easy to get lost'

Car rental owner and blogger Andrew Knight
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A car hire business owner and blogger who relocated to Tenerife from the UK a decade ago has described the perilous region where teenager Jay Slater disappeared as a 'huge area' where getting lost is all too easy.

Andrew Knight, 29, generously provided several vehicles from his firm, Sanasty Car Hire, to aid in the search efforts for 19-year-old Jay from Lancashire, who was last seen on Monday (June 17). Search teams, including the Civil Guard, mountain rescue, and firefighters, are scouring a vast 30-kilometre expanse, concentrating on three primary ravines, in the hope of locating the young Brit, who hasn't been in contact since reportedly phoning his friend Lucy on Monday morning.

His mobile phone signal was later detected in an open space about half a mile north of Masca village at approximately 8.50am. You can read the five things we know about the search and the big questions police are looking into as they look for Jay here.

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Andrew, who settled in the Spanish archipelago ten years ago after a gap year adventure, spoke to the Manchester Evening News, characterising the Masca terrain and the adjacent Rural de Teno reserve as 'treacherous and dangerous'. He warned that the area could easily be difficult for those not accustomed to such challenging environments, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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

The mountainous area was described as 'dangerous' and 'treacherous'
Masca in Tenerife is described as 'dangerous' and 'treacherous' -Credit:Stan Kujawa

"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."

"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."

Previously, Andrew described the air up in the mountains as 'very thin' with weather conditions that are 'constantly changing'. "It does go very cold at night, especially with the thin air and the wind chill. It would be pretty cold if you were up there without jumpers and jackets and things," he said.

"I think the response has been very positive, and it will continue as well. It won't just die away or stop, they will continue to share and keep going until there is some information or answers, or until he is found." On Saturday (June 22), the sixth day of the efforts, officers reconvened at Rural de Teno Park on the north west of the island. It was another day with no major breakthroughs.