Missing jet skier confirmed as British national as intense search enters third day and rescue teams call for help from professional divers

Updated 17 June: As the search resumes for the third day, the missing man has been confirmed to In Tenerife as 23-year-old British national Ricardo Scott Valentino Santana, who went missing from his jet ski around 11.30am on Saturday morning off the coast of Palm Mar, Arona. He was wearing red shorts, and his photo is above. Police and search teams are asking for help from divers but to ensure assistance doesn’t interfere with the official search, these divers must be professional, experienced, able to work with rescue teams, and have their own indemnity insurance. Meanwhile, if anyone has any information that could help, or has spotted anything that could be relevant to the search, please call the police on 091 or 062, or emergency services on 112, or one of these three Spanish mobiles: 664 477 409, 673 191 217, or 687 078 042. The British Consulate is assisting and providing support to family and friends while the search continues.

Photo: Salvamento Marítimo.

Updated 10pm: The Coastguard says that as of 8pm the search was called off after a second day’s fruitless efforts. The search will resume by sea and air again tomorrow, from first light.

Original post 16 June: Salvamento Marítimo has been searching the south Tenerife coast since yesterday when a jet ski rider went missing after getting off the vehicle to go for a swim. The search was called off last night but resumed at first light this morning, with various lifeboats and a search and rescue helicopter patrolling the coast and sea in what is being called an intense search that also includes various diving clubs. No details have been provided at present about the missing person other than it is a man.

41 Comments

  1. All our prayers for such a big hearted young man. Best friend of my Son. We all feel devastated. We pray to god he will find by rescuwers.
    I am in contact with my son who still in Tenerife. He is very traumatised and isdoing everything to assist.

  2. Ricardo, everyone at the Sulgrave Youth Club is worried and desperate for you to return safely. The young people are calling, asking after you and hoping this isn’t real.

    You’re in our thoughts & prayers

    Love from us all at Sulgrave xxx

  3. Ricardo family and friends are desperate to know your safety.
    This can’t be real.
    Love from shan xxx

  4. This can’t be real, not our Ricardo
    Praying you come back safe x Moe

  5. Im praying that you’re ok Ricardo . Hope that this isn’t real

  6. Ricardo I hope you return safely ii hope none of this isn’t tru x
    I hope you are out there safe and sound x erin

  7. Ridardo, everyone is devastated and is praying for you to return safely. Such a big hearted person who kept everyone positive. We all love you??Love from kerryanne x

  8. Ricardo I’m hoping and praying for your safe return, you’re such a happy person, I want to see you back at Sulgrave xxx Carol

  9. Ricardo, please just come back. I am praying you are alive and healthy. I know you will return back to us.

    Andreataxxx

  10. Am in Tenerife and have seen the daily searching take place… so, so sad to hear! ?Sending best wishes and prayers to the family and friend of this young man. ??

  11. Ricardo hope you return safely we are all praying for u pls come back we all miss u loads xx courtney

  12. I’m sending all my love and prayers,hoping this isn’t real ❤️ We all love you so much,please come back

  13. Bro we need you back!!! Your like a lil bro to me and we need you home safe!! Prayers to all the family!!! #staystrong #faithforricardo

  14. Ricardo I hope your safe and healthy bro we need you back at sulgrave x from Dylan

  15. Ricardo please come home ???
    We all miss you, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family❤️

  16. Ricardo please come home will all miss you ❤
    Savanna xx

  17. I’m actually scared that this is happening everyone at Sulgrave is praying that you return safely you’re like a big brother to and I just want the laugh and the positive vibes that you give to Sulgrave please get back safely

    Cecil

  18. Ricardo please come home bro x

  19. InshaAllah he’s safe and returns home safe and sound . May the lord give him ease and comfort and InshaAllah brings him back .

  20. Love you❤️ Chysianna ??⭐️

  21. Please come back Ricardo, everyone in Sulgrave are devastated even your friends and family and everyone else are , we all want you to come back to us to tell us this was a joke, jigglypuff miss you loads and love from jigglypuff❤️X
    Love from Emina?x

  22. Praying a safe return for this young man my daughter Leanne is in bits worrying for her friend it just don’t seem real how could this happen ? Where ever you are hold on in there help is coming sending all my love thoughts and prays to give all your friends and family the strength to hang on in there stay positive
    Xxx xxx come home

  23. Rico please come home we all miss u and club will never be the same without you sta strong and keep fighting ???❤️??

  24. We were on the beach the morning all the searching started near Los Christianos we hope and pray for his safe return to his family and everyone else who loved this man he sounds like an incredible young man we leave this beautiful island on Friday keeping you all in our thoughts lots of love and prayers
    Theresa and Nick

  25. Ricardo, please return safely and unharmed every one is worried sick for you, we hope your ok.
    Jackson

  26. Ricardo, I saw you on BBC News. I got really worried for you I hope your safe. Please come back to sulgrave.
    ?

  27. Big love Ricardo, come back to us at Sulgrave with your gorgeous smile and energy, Hanna xxx

  28. Keep coming back here. Not missed one day. Hoping for an update. Even if it’s tiny. Just something.
    I’m really praying you get back to everyone. ?❤️
    I miss you lance ?

  29. Author

    These situations are always terrible for people waiting for information, and I feel so sorry for people waiting desperately for news. When there is nothing to post in such cases I always wonder whether it’s better to post to say that, or be silent to avoid making people think “oh no” when it’s just “there’s still no news”. But then again silence can be just as worrying for people because they don’t know if they’ve missed some news, or whether the story has just not been updated. Sadly I can confirm that at present there really is no further news, and I guarantee that I will post as soon as there is any official information of any sort.

  30. Thank you Janet
    I come back to this page every hour or so just to see if any updates and I Google I look everywhere I can
    I’m trying to help my daughter though this
    There is some prays and roses being thrown into Thames later today a big gathering light some candles keeping the hope going but my daughter can’t face it she feels if this happens then he has passed and she not ready for that we going to Thames tonight to put our own roses in and light a candle more private it’s been 6 days now and nothing I believe he is alive somewhere and that’s what we working with until facts say other wise she has read many comments saying rip bro NO until there are facts and proof of this there is always hope
    I have shared everything on Facebook also asking people to come together anywhere on the Thames if Woolwich is to far and put a rise in and pray
    So that’s what me and Leanne going to do later a private roses and candle so she won’t be in Woolwich as she can’t face that yet but she will be there sending love hope and strength to all family and friends especially Ricardo cone home boy your dearly loved and missed praying a safe return

  31. Ricardo I know I haven’t been to sulgrave in a while but you were my favourite person there. Azel is heartbroken and we hope you’re safe.

  32. Words cannot express the pain with just the thought of you not being here Ricardo. My hearts weighs so heavy. I’m constantly Coming back to this page and everywhere else I could find. Janet, thank you so much for the updates. It’s so hard to eat sleep or even do the basic things and seeing everyone’s hope and strength in this means everything. My heart goes out to his family, friends and everyone who knows him and has been affected by this. Ricardo is spiritual, he has his faith and he believes.. we can only do the same and know that our prayers will bring him home. I pray for your safe return and just know you have and always be forever in my heart Rico.

  33. Rico I’m so scared and hope you are okay. I just want you to come back home, it’s worrying me that there’s been no updates but I still have faith. I haven’t really seen you for over a year and I feel bad, I just want to know that you’re okay. Please come back safely x

  34. I was on holiday and saw the extensive search going on. Been back a week and keep checking for updates. Praying he is found safe and well. Sending my love to the family, I can only imagine what you are going through.
    Jaki xx

  35. Hope the search goes well.. I was on holiday to when this happened

  36. Ricardo…am fully deaf mother & shock worry about this… please pray bring home safe and we are still be strong positive & think about you anywhere… am worry about my older son 16 days miss never never give up give up… am love son too much & don’t want lose again
    Love mum xx

  37. hello ricardo we all love you so much and we all still have you fresh in our memory please by some miracle come home soon bro xx

  38. Is there any news on this guy from the UK has he been found?

  39. Author

    Sadly, no. I so wish I could say otherwise, but there is no news, I’m afraid. I repeat my promise to post the minute anything’s released from official sources. And to be crystal clear, there is no information that the media is in possession of that can’t be published. There really is no news. I’m so sorry.

  40. I don’t understand how after so long still nothing it’s very sad I hope for good news very soon bring this young man home

  41. Thinking and praying for Ricardo and Ricardo’s family and friends.

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