Jay Slater search update as teams told 'very unlikely' and 'there will be a point'

A group of search and rescue workers near to the village of Masca, Tenerife
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It is "very unlikely" missing Jay Slater would be found alive if he got lost in the mountains, it has been said. The teen vanished in Tenerife last Monday after attending a three-day rave.

As the huge search operations entered day 11, Spanish police said there were no plans to halt efforts to find the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer. Officers were also seen on Wednesday moving on foot to inspect rough and remote terrain, while aerial inspections were carried out by helicopter.

There were fears Jay may have got lost in remote mountains, the Mirror reports. A well-placed source said: “No one at the moment is talking about the search being brought to an end, even though it’s very unlikely Jay has survived if he got lost in the mountains in the way we were told he did."

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They continued: “There will be a point when the operation that’s taking place at the moment has to at least be scaled back but right now the search teams appear to have decided they want to give themselves more time." Debbie Duncan, Jay's mother, has said some of the money donated via a GoFundMe appeal would be used to support mountain rescue search efforts.

The appeal has now surpassed its original £30,000 target by more than £8,000. Debbie wrote on the page: “We are currently working with GoFundMe to withdraw part of the funds, which are being safely held.

"I wanted to share that these funds will be used to support the mountain rescue teams who are tirelessly searching for Jay. Additionally, since our stay in Tenerife needs to be extended, we will also use the funds to cover accommodation and food expenses."

She continued: "I'm surrounded by wonderful people who are by my side, but far from their loved ones, so we'll also be using part of these funds to fly them to Tenerife so we can support each other during these dark times.”