“I’m not leaving until he’s found”: Selfless Brit flies out to try and find Jay Slater as he reveals new 'dangerous' search area

A selfless Brit who has flown out to Tenerife to help in the search for Jay Slater has said he is not leaving until the teenager is found as he revealed a 'dangerous' new area being searched by rescue teams.

Climber Paul Arnott, from Bedfordshire, said he 'came straight out' after seeing Jay's family issue desperate appeals for assistance after he vanished.

Jay, from Lancashire, was reported missing on June 17 while on a holiday with friends. He attended the NRG rave in the Playa de las Americas resort, before reportedly travelling over 30km to stay in the rural village of Masca with two men he had met.

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He has not been seen or heard from since his phone is said to have died in the middle of a vast ravine, with major efforts continuing across the 'treacherous' Rural de Teno Park and huge police enquiries ongoing.

Paul, 29, cancelled a charity fundraiser to fly to the island and join in the search and rescue efforts on Saturday (June 22).

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News at the search base on Tuesday (June 25), he said: "I spend all my time in the mountains, I do loads of survival stuff. I was supposed to be doing a 500 mile walk for mountain rescue, but I saw on the internet that the family wanted help.

"As soon as I heard that, I dropped my plans and came straight out. I will stay here until he's found.

"I've come up today and had a conversation with everyone [search teams] and they've taken me on board, driven me around. I've been with their sniffer dogs, and they have given me places to go and search."

Describing the mountainous landscape at the centre of the search efforts, he said: "It's a crazy terrain, it's massive, it's so huge. It's full of cacti, bushes, the dirt is loose, there's huge rocks falling about everywhere...it's a difficult place to search."

Spanish Police and Fire Rescue teams continue to search for Jay
Experienced climber Paul Arnott

Paul then revealed that search teams have moved to a secluded and 'dangerous' beach area towards the bottom of a steep ravine using specialist equipment.

He added: "The last phone ping was down in a large area, they think he could've gone in the direction of the beach at the bottom of the ravine.

"I've done one side today and they are doing the other. They are using ropes now because it's so dangerous. It's worse terrain than this.

"It doesn't sound crazy to say he could've got lost in there. I've been walking around in circles a few times myself trying to work out where I was. If anyone goes down there with no water or experience, they'd never make it out - and that's not being extreme. It's so dangerous."

On Tuesday (June 25), search efforts were intensified once more as the Civil Guard revealed the search area had been widened, with sniffer dogs flown in from Madrid to assist with the rescue mission.