Emergency services find German tourist alive and well after two days in Guía de Isora barranco

Control point at the search for the missing hiker, photo courtesy of 112 Canarias
Control point at the search for the missing hiker, photo courtesy of 112 Canarias

Update 3pm: Guardia Civil mountain rescuers have found the elderly German hiker who has been missing in the Niágara barranco in Guía de Isora since Monday. He was found alive and well, though suffering from symptoms of dehydration, and was taken by helicopter to the Adeje helipad before being transferred to a hospital for an evaluation of his condition.

Update 10.30am: Local resident Cheryl Urmson was speaking with emergency services at the scene this morning. They report that they had telephone contact with the hiker yesterday, losing contact around dusk when, presumably, his phone battery died. He was able to describe where he was, which is probably why they’ve been able to focus the search today in the barranco de Niágara, and he reported that he needed water, and that he was a diabetic. Hopefully they will be much closer to locating him now, and at least we know that as of last evening he was alive and well, albeit in some distress.

Update 10 July: The search for the German hiker in the barranco de Niágara above Tejina de Guía between El Jaral and Las Fuentes has resumed within the last half hour. Once again, GES, Bomberos, Policía Local, Guardia Civil and AEA involved in what is now becoming rather a major operation. The 73-year-old has been missing in a Guía de Isora barranco since Monday.

Update 9.30pm: The helicopters are still flying, and the Guardia Civil’s mountain group has now been added to the search, as well as dogs with handlers from AEA (Ayuda en emergencias Anaga).

Original post 9 July: There have been helicopters flying around the medianías of Guía de Isora for several hours now and we feared a fire, but it seems that they are searching for a German tourist who has been lost in a barranco in the municipality since yesterday. Apart from search and rescue helicopter teams, a wide range of other emergency and public services are involved, including bomberos, Policía Local, and Guardia Civil.


  1. I hope they find him soon – he’ll be short of water – but will this be a test case for charging him the cost of the Rescue?

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    They’ve already imposed charges, Liz, so it won’t be a test case as such, but I would think that given the weather warnings, it could be argued …
    Having said that, the heatwave alerts were for today onwards, and he went missing yesterday. Assuming he got lost or was taken ill, I think it would be a bit hard to charge him.
    We’ll have to see when they find him … hopefully safe and well!

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