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Friends of missing teenager Jay Slater urge British police to assist with search

Friends of teenager Jay Slater who is missing in Tenerife have urged British police to assist with the investigation into his disappearance as the search for him enters a fifth day.

Jay Slater, 19, from Lancashire, told a friend he would walk back to where he was staying after missing a bus on Monday morning after a night out.

His friend Lucy Law told the BBC she feared he was in “severe danger”.

“He’s got shorts and t-shirt on, he’s got no suncream, he’s got no water, he’s got no coat,” she said. “He’s not prepared for any of the weathers up here. It’s not safe.”

In the same interview she called for the British police to assist with the investigation, so “we can bring him home to his family”.

She also told the Mirror: “We need British police here. I just want to find my mate. He’s been missing three days. It’s not looking good now. We feel as though it’s down to us to find him and that we’re doing more than the police.”

Ms Law had previously told Sky News Mr Slater had called her at around 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%”.

She added that he had “cut his leg on a cactus and had no idea where he was”.

She said the 19-year-old had gone to stay with people he met on Sunday night who were staying in an apartment that was “miles away from civilisation and in a very secluded location”.

The 40km (25-mile) journey – from a nature reserve in the north of the Spanish island to his apartment in the southern town of Los Cristianos – should have taken 11 hours on foot.

A family friend told the Guardian: “Even if they had 30,000 people here it’s like a needle in a haystack,” saying they had spent 12 hours on Wednesday trawling all of the paths in the area surrounding his last known location.

The paper also quoted friend Lucy saying: “I just think they need to get as much help as they can out here.”

“There’s no helicopters here 1718941625. He’s been missing for that long now, what are they actually doing?”

Mr Slater’s mother, Debbie Duncan, flew to Tenerife on Tuesday morning to help with the search.

Ms Duncan said she thinks that her son has “been taken against his will”, but that it is in “the hands of the police.”

She toldITV News: “It’s just a nightmare, it’s an absolute living nightmare.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anybody. I just want my baby back. Please just anybody who can help – look for him. It’s a massive area up there. He’s out there somewhere or somebody knows where he is.”

Ms Duncan added: “I wish I hadn’t encouraged him to go to this. I should have said, ‘Don’t go to Tenerife.’

“I just think he was probably still in high spirits, buzzing – he’s not known where he is. He’s not known the extent of the long journey that he went on to get up there.

“And he’s just thought, ‘I’m gonna walk.’ And that’s what apparently he said to the last person he contacted.”

Ms Duncan described her son, who was working as an apprentice bricklayer, as a “good looking” and “popular boy” and that he was “a great person who everyone wanted to be with”.

A Civil Guard spokeswoman told i: “We are searching on the ground again this morning in the same area as yesterday. We do not discount any possibility.”

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