Jay Slater: 19-year-old's dad says 'trolls don't know how we feel' on Tenerife search

Jay Slater's dad Warren and his brother Zak
-Credit: (Image: Stan Kujawa)

The chief of the Civil Guard's mountain rescue operation has announced that the ground search for missing Jay Slater has concluded for today, after helicopters spent hours scouring the vast ravines at the heart of the search.

Warren Slater, 58, and his son Zak, 24, were spotted today alongside emergency services and volunteers at the remote mountain location outside the village of Masca where Jay's mobile phone was last detected.

Two police helicopters have dedicated over three hours to surveying the primary search areas that are currently the focus for emergency workers, rescuers, and volunteers. A renewed search effort was launched today, following a call to arms by the Civil Guard to intensify efforts to locate the missing 19-year-old.

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All emergency personnel, including mountain rescue teams and firefighters, were summoned by the Civil Guard to assist with today's search (June 29). As the search enters its 13th day, Spanish police are appealing for any volunteers with mountain experience to step forward and lend their support.

Only a handful of volunteers joined the search this morning, with approximately 30 members of official emergency service bodies braving hazardous conditions to look for the 19 year old from Lancashire. The search parties have been navigating through dense vegetation and fields of sharp cacti, reports the Manchester Evening News.

At the first press briefing of the search operation, the Civil Guard expressed confidence as emergency workers and volunteers convened for an update before commencing today's efforts. Cipriano Martin, the leader of the Guardia Civil's mountain rescue team, stated that the two British men who accompanied Jay Slater at a rural Airbnb rental on the eve of his disappearance hold 'no relevance' to the ongoing police investigation.

Cipriano Martin, chief of the Civil Guard's Greim mountain rescue unit, remarked: "They have already spoken to the men and it didn't have any point of relevance to the case."

When questioned about whether Jay's family would join in today's search, he responded: "All week they've been participating because we've seen them and they've seen us in several places. They've been actively participating."

In the afternoon, Mr Martin was hesitant to provide further details regarding the progress of the search. He cautiously said: "We're going to see if there is any more news in the course of the afternoon/evening."

Warren, appearing at the search site this afternoon and visibly affected, voiced his dismay at the negative comments from online trolls concerning the hunt for his youngest son. He lamented: "It's a bit disappointing that there are no British apart from Paul [Arnott] but I suppose to them he's just a British lad who's come out here and got drunk," Warren expressed.

"I'm grateful to those who have come out here because you can see just how dangerous it is and what gets me is the trollers who are having a go at us for not searching. It's not the local park, these are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous, put yourself in our position. Would you go out in these conditions? ".

"It's tough, it's hard, we are leaving it to the professionals and I'm grateful for those who have turned out today and I want to thank them for what they are doing."

Warren added: "We just still can't believe it; it's been so tough on us, and I want people to think about us as parents and what we are going through. All those trollers having a go at us, they don't know how we feel, why don't they come up here and have a look and see for themselves how dangerous it is."

"I've come up here now myself because I wanted to have a look about with Zak and to thank those who are up here and have given their time. I just didn't think this would go on for so long, I dropped his mum and brother off at the airport and thought they would be back in a few days. I just thought he's gone out had a drink and ended up at some girl's place as we all did when we were younger, he's our youngest I just want him home."