A MAJOR search and rescue operation is underway for a British hiker who went missing on Sunday in Spain.

Gordon Simm, 63, from Yorkshire, was reported missing by his wife on Sunday evening after failing to return from a walk in the Rio Chillar gorge, near Nerja.

The experienced walker is a regular visitor to the region and is understood to have a good knowledge of the area in which he is missing.

“I want to keep calm but I just don’t know what could have happened,” said his wife, Wendy.

“He told me not to worry because he knew the route well but when it got to Sunday afternoon and he hadn’t returned I became concerned.

“He had lots of provisions such as bread, cereal and fruit and he was planning to drink water from streams,” added Simm, who has been joined by the couple’s daughter, Deborah McCloud, who has flown to Spain from the UK.

Tuesday’s search efforts were called off when night fell, but resumed early this morning along the popular route, with several search teams and a helicopter involved.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that they were aware that a British national was missing and that consular assistance was being provided to the family.

The area is the same place that Dutch tourist Mary Anne Goosens was rescued last year after spending 18 days perched on a ledge.


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