Teenager missing in Tenerife made panicked phone call to friend in UK

Jay Slater, 19, had been in Tenerife for a weekend rave when he went missing in the Rural de Teno park
Jay Slater had been in Tenerife for a weekend rave when he went missing in the Rural de Teno park - Solarpix

A British teenager missing in Tenerife made a panicked phone call to a friend saying he was lost and needed water while trekking through a remote mountain range.

Jay Slater, a 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, disappeared on Monday morning after attending a three-day-long music festival south of the island.

He is believed to have left the event on Sunday evening with a group of people and was last heard of wandering around the Rural de Teno national park, north west of the island.

Temperatures of 26 degrees celsius were recorded on the day of his disappearance.

Lucy Mae, a friend who reported him missing to authorities, said she received a phone call at around 8am from Mr Slater on Monday, in which he told her his phone only had one per cent battery left.

He had been trying to walk back to the apartment he had stayed in the night before having been unable to catch a bus, Ms Mae said.

She told the Manchester Evening News: “One of the people he has met has hired a car out of here, so he’s driven them back to his apartment and Jay has gone there not realising how far away it is.

“He’s ended up out in the middle of nowhere. Jay was obviously thinking he would be able to get home from there.

“But then in the morning he’s set off walking, using his maps on his phone and ended up in the middle of mountains with nothing around.

“He rang me saying his phone was on one per cent, he said ‘I don’t know where I am, I need a drink and my phone is about to die’”.

Phone died

Mr Slater’s phone died around 8.50am, with his last known location registered in the Rural de Teno park, near a hiking trail, several hundred feet above the small village of Masca.

Mountain rescuers, drones and a helicopter have been combing the area for any sign of the teenager. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with shorts, trainers and a black bag.

His mother Debbie Duncan flew out to the island on Tuesday with her other son Zak to help with the rescue effort.

She said the distance between his last known location and the apartment is approximately a 10-hour walk.

She told the Mail Online: “[I’m] beside myself with worry. He’d been at a three-day festival so he would have consumed a fair bit of alcohol but Jay was Snapchatting with friends before he went missing and seemed very compos mentis.”

A Foreign 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.”