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A search is under way for a British pensioner who went missing during a hiking trip in the Canary Islands. Margaret Holt, 65, from Wirral, M...

A search is under way for a British pensioner who went missing during a hiking trip in the Canary Islands.

Margaret Holt, 65, from Wirral, Merseyside, was last seen in Lanzarote on 23 December.

Her family contacted the Spanish Civil Guard after she failed to make contact over Christmas.

They are now in the country helping the search operation, which involves a dog team, rescue helicopters and volunteers.

Wendy Banks, Mrs Holt's daughter-in-law, appealed on Facebook for information about her whereabouts: "She is a very fit woman who thinks nothing of walking 20 miles per day. She loves coastal paths.

"We have her passport, cards etc from her room so know she only intended to go for a walk.

"Her mobile phone is with her but not working. We really believe she had a fall walking."

Mrs Holt was seen leaving her hotel in the resort of Costa Teguise on the morning of 23 December wearing a light pink vest, khaki shorts, walking sandals and a drawstring bag.

She was spotted later in the afternoon in the northerly Orzola region of the island but has not been seen since.

Civil Guard

The Foreign Office confirmed it had been informed about the disappearance.

A spokesman said: "The Spanish authorities are carrying out a search coordinated by the Civil Guard and local emergency services.

"Staff from the British Consulate are in contact with the authorities and the family."

Anyone with any information about Mrs Holt is asked to contact the Spanish authorities.

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