Brit feared dead after disappearing on hike during Seychelles holidays as police end search – World News

Respected lawyer Paul Clement reportedly embarked on the notoriously treacherous 12-mile “Grande Barbe” trail in the Sechelles before disappearing without a trace

Mr. Clement went missing while hiking through the jungle on Silhouette Island
Mr. Clement went missing while hiking through the jungle on Silhouette Island

A retired lawyer is feared dead after disappearing in the Seychelles.

Paul Clement, 57, disappeared three weeks ago while hiking a notoriously dangerous jungle trail. Despite a large-scale police search using helicopters, boats and drones, authorities were unable to locate Mr Clement and efforts have now been halted.

The distinguished attorney visited Silhouette Island to celebrate his retirement after a distinguished legal career.

He is said to have embarked on the challenging 12-mile Grande Barbe trail before disappearing without a trace. He is believed to have gotten into trouble when a period of severe weather swept through the area. reported the sun.

Mr Clement was believed to be staying at the Labriz Hilton Hotel – the only resort on Silhouette Island and a popular base for those wanting to hike in the surrounding mountains.

Retired lawyer Paul Clement is believed dead after going missing in the Seychelles

A major search was launched involving the police, coastguard and army – unfortunately there was no trace of the lawyer and he is now presumed dead.

Mr Clement practiced as a criminal defense attorney at 2 Harcourt Buildings Chambers in London for more than three decades.

A statement on the chambers’ website said: “It is with deep sadness and sadness that we announce the loss of our dear friend, colleague and former chamber leader, Peter Clement.

“He had recently retired after an illustrious career with the Criminal Bar where he practiced in two Harcourt buildings for over 30 years.

“Prior to joining the Chamber he was a Captain in the Army Legal Service and served in Northern Ireland.

“He was very much loved and respected by everyone in the Chambers and also by his many friends in the Trial Chamber. He will be greatly missed.”

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After only a few days of searching, the local press reported that the weather had gotten so bad that police thought it was unlikely Mr Clement would be found alive.

“According to the police, all his personal belongings and travel documents were found intact in his hotel room,” reported Le Seychellois newspaper.

“In an unusual move, police have admitted that the continued poor weather conditions we have been experiencing over the past few days are diminishing their hopes of finding the Briton alive.”

Others who have hiked the Grande Barbe warned of its danger on TripAdvisor, with one advising holidaymakers to “take a guide”.

“The path to get there is not well marked, the part through the forest can be very slippery,” they wrote.

Another hiker called the Grande Barb the “most challenging” trail at three hours up and another three hours down.

Travel website Holidify describes the trail as “spread across a variety of terrains, including white sandy beaches, rocky plateaus and mangrove forests.” The difficulty level of the trail is given as “intermediate”.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting the family of a Briton missing in the Seychelles and was in contact with local authorities.

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