Moment UK TikToker confronts Spanish authorities over 'ridiculous' search efforts for Jay Slater: 'Nobody's doing anything'

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A UK TikToker has shared the moment he confronted the Spanish Civil Guard over their "ridiculous" search efforts for missing teenager Jay Slater.

jayslater (1).jpegIt has now been two weeks since Jay was reported missing. Credit: Instagram

Nineteen-year-old Jay has now been missing for two weeks after his friends reported his disappearance in Tenerife on June 17.

Jay - hailing from Lancashire - disappeared the morning after attending an NRG music festival event in Playa de las Americas.

His last confirmed location was at an Airbnb in Masca, where he was tagged in a photo on Snapchat at 07:30AM on June 17. He had spent the early hours with two British men who Jay met several days prior, it has now been revealed.

Screenshot2024-06-22at09.49.57 (2).jpegJay Slater's final Snapchat taken outside of the Airbnb. Credit: Snapchat

Following calls to friends Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves that morning - during which, Jay said he was going to attempt the 10+ hour walk back to their accommodating - the 19-year-old's phone died and he hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Spanish authorities mounted an extensive search effort, utilizing helicopters, specially trained search dogs, and drones, in the rugged terrain surrounding Masca within the Rural de Teno national park.

However, after a "massive search" was planned for Saturday (June 29), Tenerife's Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) announced the following day that: "The search operation has concluded. Yesterday marked the final day of active searching."

Authorities added that while the investigation will remain open, search operations around the Rural de Teno area have ceased.

It comes after the Civil Guard shared a plea on Friday (June 28), calling on volunteers to join the "busqueda masiva" or "massive search".

Sadly, only six volunteers responded - one of which was UK TikToker and experience climber Paul Arnott.

Now, 29-year-old Arnott has taken to social media to share videos of the moment he confronted the Spanish authorities over their "ridiculous" search efforts, branding it a "massive PR thing".


"So, guys, I've literally been waiting for absolutely ages now. This is a massive PR thing, I'm telling you now," he told his thousands of followers. "I'm gonna ask him in a second to take my name off the list. I'm just gonna go down there and do my thing.

"I'm gonna do that now, I think.

"Because there's people everywhere. Literally people everywhere and nobody's doing anything.”

Approaching a group of Spanish officers, Paul then says: "Hey, hey, guys, for the list, this thing, just cross out take my name off. Yeah, because I'm going here now. It's too busy. I wanna go search.

"I'm gonna search over here cause it's ridiculous. So, yeah, guys, I can't deal with this. This is absolutely mad. I've been up here for ages."

"Yeah, there's people everywhere. I'm just putting it how it is. Everyone is still in their cars," Paul tells viewers. "It's all a big thing. It's all chat, chat, chat, chat, chat. I'm putting it out there now.

"I'm sick of it. I'm so stressed out. I tell you what, I'm coming down here, I'm gonna go get some food cause my morning's already been wasted."


"And then I'm gonna crack on a search for Jay in the area where I think he is," the TikToker added. "I can't deal with this, guys. I've been so quiet about this now. I've been so quiet about this. Not doing it anymore, people. I'm sick of this c**p."

Paul had flown out to Tenerife to assist Jay's family after hearing about the teenager's disappearance.

Fortunately, Paul's efforts were appreciated by Jay's family.

On Saturday, Jay's father - 58-year-old Warren - and his older brother, Zak, visited the search site.

Addressing Saturday's search efforts, Warren expressed his frustrations and gratitude.

"It’s a bit disappointing that there are no British apart from [British TikToker] Paul, but I suppose to them he’s just a British lad who’s come out here and got drunk," he said, per the Mirror.


He criticized online trolls for their harsh comments, stating: "I’m grateful to those who have come out here because you can see just how dangerous it is and what gets me is the trollers who are having a go at us for not searching.

"It’s not the local park; these are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous. Put yourself in our position – would you go out in these conditions?

"It’s tough, it’s hard, we are leaving it to the professionals, and I’m grateful for those who have turned out today, and I want to thank them for what they are doing."

ITV reporter Isla Traquair has also amassed a huge swell of support on social media for her detailed and transparent investigation into Jay's disappearance. She has since shared a new update sharing further unknown details about the morning Jay went missing:


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Moment UK TikToker confronts Spanish authorities over 'ridiculous' search efforts for Jay Slater: 'Nobody's doing anything'

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By stefan armitage

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A UK TikToker has shared the moment he confronted the Spanish Civil Guard over their "ridiculous" search efforts for missing teenager Jay Slater.

jayslater (1).jpegIt has now been two weeks since Jay was reported missing. Credit: Instagram

Nineteen-year-old Jay has now been missing for two weeks after his friends reported his disappearance in Tenerife on June 17.

Jay - hailing from Lancashire - disappeared the morning after attending an NRG music festival event in Playa de las Americas.

His last confirmed location was at an Airbnb in Masca, where he was tagged in a photo on Snapchat at 07:30AM on June 17. He had spent the early hours with two British men who Jay met several days prior, it has now been revealed.

Screenshot2024-06-22at09.49.57 (2).jpegJay Slater's final Snapchat taken outside of the Airbnb. Credit: Snapchat

Following calls to friends Lucy Mae Law and Brad Hargreaves that morning - during which, Jay said he was going to attempt the 10+ hour walk back to their accommodating - the 19-year-old's phone died and he hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Spanish authorities mounted an extensive search effort, utilizing helicopters, specially trained search dogs, and drones, in the rugged terrain surrounding Masca within the Rural de Teno national park.

However, after a "massive search" was planned for Saturday (June 29), Tenerife's Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) announced the following day that: "The search operation has concluded. Yesterday marked the final day of active searching."

Authorities added that while the investigation will remain open, search operations around the Rural de Teno area have ceased.

It comes after the Civil Guard shared a plea on Friday (June 28), calling on volunteers to join the "busqueda masiva" or "massive search".

Sadly, only six volunteers responded - one of which was UK TikToker and experience climber Paul Arnott.

Now, 29-year-old Arnott has taken to social media to share videos of the moment he confronted the Spanish authorities over their "ridiculous" search efforts, branding it a "massive PR thing".


"So, guys, I've literally been waiting for absolutely ages now. This is a massive PR thing, I'm telling you now," he told his thousands of followers. "I'm gonna ask him in a second to take my name off the list. I'm just gonna go down there and do my thing.

"I'm gonna do that now, I think.

"Because there's people everywhere. Literally people everywhere and nobody's doing anything.”

Approaching a group of Spanish officers, Paul then says: "Hey, hey, guys, for the list, this thing, just cross out take my name off. Yeah, because I'm going here now. It's too busy. I wanna go search.

"I'm gonna search over here cause it's ridiculous. So, yeah, guys, I can't deal with this. This is absolutely mad. I've been up here for ages."

"Yeah, there's people everywhere. I'm just putting it how it is. Everyone is still in their cars," Paul tells viewers. "It's all a big thing. It's all chat, chat, chat, chat, chat. I'm putting it out there now.

"I'm sick of it. I'm so stressed out. I tell you what, I'm coming down here, I'm gonna go get some food cause my morning's already been wasted."


"And then I'm gonna crack on a search for Jay in the area where I think he is," the TikToker added. "I can't deal with this, guys. I've been so quiet about this now. I've been so quiet about this. Not doing it anymore, people. I'm sick of this c**p."

Paul had flown out to Tenerife to assist Jay's family after hearing about the teenager's disappearance.

Fortunately, Paul's efforts were appreciated by Jay's family.

On Saturday, Jay's father - 58-year-old Warren - and his older brother, Zak, visited the search site.

Addressing Saturday's search efforts, Warren expressed his frustrations and gratitude.

"It’s a bit disappointing that there are no British apart from [British TikToker] Paul, but I suppose to them he’s just a British lad who’s come out here and got drunk," he said, per the Mirror.


He criticized online trolls for their harsh comments, stating: "I’m grateful to those who have come out here because you can see just how dangerous it is and what gets me is the trollers who are having a go at us for not searching.

"It’s not the local park; these are big mountains, the terrain is dangerous. Put yourself in our position – would you go out in these conditions?

"It’s tough, it’s hard, we are leaving it to the professionals, and I’m grateful for those who have turned out today, and I want to thank them for what they are doing."

ITV reporter Isla Traquair has also amassed a huge swell of support on social media for her detailed and transparent investigation into Jay's disappearance. She has since shared a new update sharing further unknown details about the morning Jay went missing:


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