Lacking ‘van life’ travel blogger’s boyfriend scours the Pyrenees
The British companion of the lost hiker Esther Dingley was looking for her alone in the Pyrenees last night, as the police carried out a huge search to find her five days after her disappearance.
Esther Dingley, 37, disappeared while hiking alone from the Porte de la Glere in Port de Venasque, along the French-Spanish border.
Despite being missing for five days, French and Spanish search teams made one last attempt to find the missing trekker.
The British companion of the lost hiker Esther Dingley was looking for her alone in the Pyrenees last night, as the police carried out a huge search to find her five days after her disappearance. Dan Colegate and Esther Dingley are pictured above
Esther Dingley, 37, was walking in the Pyrenees Mountains on the French-Spanish border in violation of lockout rules when she disappeared last week.
Dan Colegate, the British collaborator of the lost hiker Esther Dingley, was looking for her alone in the Pyrenees last night
The 37-year-old had traveled with her partner Dan Colegate on a six-year campervan tour in Europe, but last month, she chose to walk only in the Pyrenees while staying at a farmhouse in Gascony, France.
The couple, from Durham, last spoke on WhatsApp on November 22 when Esther sent a selfie from Pic de Sauvegarde on the border.
A day earlier, he posted a series of photos on Instagram with the caption: “I’m in paradise …. The snail moves again and loves it.”
On Saturday, Mr Colegate said on the couple’s Facebook page: “I’m broken. He broke up saying that he was missing my beloved Esther, the person who taught me how to feel. Search and rescue teams have not found any trace of it.
Mrs. Dingley traveled to Europe with her partner Dan Calegate in a truck for six years when she left him on a farmhouse in France last month to embark on a solo adventure.
Ms Dingley had started on Saturday from Benasque, Spain and was planning to spend Sunday night in Refuge Venasque, France
The 37-year-old from Durham was on a one-month solo trip and had to return on Wednesday
French police sent a team of sixteen people to the mountain on Monday, along with national police experts.
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“Her partner is also looking for her. However, he prefers to walk alone, “said Pierre Gaillard of the PGMH gendarmes in Luchon.
“It has already reversed its path, as it is not a difficult path. He is now in another area. He is busy, trying to understand and does not want to stay down in the valley to wait. ”
On his Facebook page, Colegate’s father, Mick, said: “We talked son and you know I’ll be on the first available flight when you come down from the mountains. You do not have to be strong and face it μόνο I love you son. »
Mr Gaillard said his men had no hope of finding Mrs Dingley alive at this stage. Ms Dingley started walking from Benasque, Spain, on November 21. French police said all traces of her disappeared at 4 p.m. on Sunday 22 November. No further phone messages have been received since then.
The trails that followed were marked, well marked on maps and quite frequent at normal times, French police said.
Several witnesses saw her on the Spanish side on Sunday and spoke to her.
There is an unregistered shelter just above the French border, but police said there was no indication it had been used.
According to information, the Spanish authorities were notified on November 25 of her disappearance and notified their French counterparts the next morning. They found her vehicle parked on the Spanish side of the border.
A spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard said: “We are looking with a team of ten mountain rescuers and a helicopter. We have had situations in the past when people found refuge and survived situations like this.
“This is a mixed area with some forest areas and other areas with difficult mountainous areas. “We do not think there is anything suspicious at this stage.”
Spanish police say Ms Dingley appears to have breached traffic restrictions imposed by authorities to stop Covid-19 infections.
Spanish authorities have warned missing persons about Ms Dingley.
José María Anton, a hotelier in Benasque, said: “All the hotels are closed here at the moment as skiing has not started. I do not know where this woman will stay. If he intended to climb over the mountains, it could be dangerous as there is snow and ice.
Mr Colegate was expected to cross the Vielha Tunnel in Spain on Tuesday and may join the Civil Guard team in search of his partner.
A spokesman for the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development said: “Our staff support the family of a British woman who was reported missing in the Pyrenees.