BRIAN HAYES, a retired BT senior manager from Liverpool, has been found after going missing on the Costa del Sol for over 30 hours.
It is thought Mr Hayes, a holidaymaker who is now recovering in Spain, got lost and fell after going to put out the rubbish from his apartment in Capristrano, Nerja.
He and his wife Jean, who had visited the area five times before, were due to fly home from the two-week holiday just hours later when he went missing.
The Guardia Civil immediately put out a missing person appeal, describing Mr Hayes and the clothes he had been wearing and calling on members of the public for information.
The pensioner was eventually found “disorientated” and unable to move, lying by the side of the road to Maro without food or water in the heat by a passing van driver.
The police have said Mr Hayes was “lucky” to be found, while his daughter Amanda Wilkins, who was on holiday with him, has thanked friends, the Guardia Civil and neighbours for their help.