Jay Slater family in 'living nightmare' as Brit still missing

Jay Slater has been missing on Tenerife for 5 days
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The family and friends of a British teenager who went missing during a holiday in Tenerife are “drained beyond words” as the search for him has entered its fifth day. Helicopters, rescue dogs and drones have been used during the hunt for 19-year-old Jay Slater, who was last heard from when he called friend Lucy Law on Monday morning.

Jay disappeared after an attempt to walk back to his accommodation after missing a bus.

In a post on the Facebook page “Jay Slater Missing”, the administrator of the group Rachel Louise Harg said family and friends of Jay were in a “living nightmare”.

She said: “There isn’t an update for anyone unfortunately. Struggling to find words at this time but all I can say is we are looking still and everyone is doing all they can. We are drained beyond words – I just can’t say no more, I wish I could. I wish this would end now, this living nightmare. Searches are ongoing and we remain positive. Thanks to you all supporting and helping we can’t thank you any more, much love.”

On Friday, search and rescue personnel joined officers from the island’s Guardia Civil near the village of Masca where they appeared to focus on a specific area of overgrown terrain. Some officers used binoculars to survey the landscape before heading towards the bottom of the hillside. Search teams paid close attention to a river called Barranco Madre del Agua at the bottom of a ravine, where personnel with sticks carefully searched through fallen dead palm trees.

The walk from Jay’s last known location to his accommodation would have taken about 11 hours on foot. The search area was quiet on Friday, with only a handful of police cars stationed at Rural de Teno park.

Ms Law, who attended the NRG music festival with Jay, said he called her at about 8.30am on Monday and told her he was “lost in the mountains, he wasn’t aware of his surroundings, he desperately needed a drink and his phone was on 1%”.

Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, who flew to Tenerife on Tuesday, said searching for her son was “an absolute living nightmare”.

Ms Duncan told ITV News: “He’s the life and soul, he’s a beautiful boy.”

Mr Slater was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts and trainers and a black bag.

A fundraiser set up by Ms Law to “get Jay Slater home” has since received more than £23,500 in donations.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Spain and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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