THE friends and family of a missing British tourist have said they are relieved after he was found safe and well.

Clifton Kandler, 57, from London had disappeared on Wednesday while hiking with some friends in Malaga.

The dad-of-two was found by search and rescue teams late last night, before being visiting the hospital in Malaga for a twisted ankle and general check-up.

Clifton had damaged his ankle after trying to walk dow a ravine, which became impassable due a series of waterfalls.

He spent the night on the hillsdie before retracing his steps the next morning.

He tried following a water pipe down but again went over on his ankle and couldn’t walk anymore.

He spent a few hours calling for help before rescue teams found him between 5 and6pm.

It took till 1am for them to get him off the mountain.

“We are all so relieved,” Clifton’s friend and fellow walker Alan, who was the last person to see him, told the Olive Press.

He added: “Clifton is extremely grateful for all the support given from the local population and the walking community in the region.”

The search, led by the Guardia Civil, also involved members of the public.

Clifton and his pals are due to return to the UK on Sunday, following their annual one-week walking holiday.

He and Alan were part of a trio of hikers walking a route from Sedella to Alcaucin, guided by a GPS app.

The retired former Head of E-learning at Greenwich University has been doing the route for 15 years.

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