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Amy Gerard: Body found in Tenerife during search

Amy Gerard: Body found in Tenerife during search

  • 4 December 2018
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Image caption Policia Nacional said Amy Louise Gerard was last seen outside Molly Malone's Irish bar

A body has been found by search teams looking for a missing British woman in Tenerife.

Amy Louise Gerard, 28, originally from Cleethorpes, was last seen outside Irish bar, Molly Malone's in Puerto de la Cruz in the early hours of Friday.

Ms Gerard works at the Spanish island's Loro Parque marine theme park. Her mother and sister had flown out to help with the search.

Policia Nacional confirmed a body had been found but not yet identified.

Image caption The coastguard searched the coast off the city of Puerto de la Cruz

According to her Facebook profile, University of Lincoln graduate Ms Gerard trains killer whales at the theme park on the island, where she has been living and working since May 2016.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office earlier confirmed it was assisting the family of a British woman in Tenerife.

Image caption Onlookers watched on as a helicopter and a coastguard boat searched the water

At the scene - Phillip Norton, BBC News

This is a resort that's been hoping Amy will be found safe and well - missing posters are on walls and doors, people tell me the whole resort has had their fingers crossed.

Late this morning a civil guard helicopter made a number of low passes over the Puerto de la Cruz coastline.

It seemed to focus on one area and it became apparent that there was something in the water.

A rescue boat which has been involved in the search for Amy was soon on the scene, while the helicopter hovered above.

Shortly afterwards, I watched as what appeared to be a body was recovered from the water and taken to a nearby harbour at about 11:30 GMT.