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Two Britons missing after hurricane

Two Britons missing after a hurricane in Mexico are understood to be Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood.

They are reportedly a couple from Wolverhampton and London who went missing when their yacht overturned in La Paz in Baja California.

It is thought Mr Whitehouse is a scuba instructor in the city of La Paz.

Hurricane Odile left a trail of destruction when it hit the Baja California Peninsula last Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are in touch with the local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the families at this difficult time."

The British Embassy in Mexico has advised British nationals in those areas of Baja California and Baja California Sur affected by the hurricane to leave through Los Cabos International airport.

A spokesman for the embassy told the BBC: "We are urgently working with authorities on the ground in Mexico to ensure the safety of British nationals following Hurricane Odile, and have sent staff from our embassy to assist in this."

The hurricane affected power and water supplies, as well as phone services, triggering widespread looting.

Power has been restored to around one-fifth of customers in the resort cities of Los Cabos, with 200 electricity workers dispatched to the area.

Helicopters have been used to search for Mr Whitehouse and Ms Wood, according to local reports.

The pair are thought to have been living on their yacht in La Paz for around a year.

Three people have been confirmed dead following hurricane Odile - two Korean citizens and a German man who reportedly died from a heart attack.

Mexican authorities have deployed more than 8,000 army, navy and federal police personnel to prevent looting in the area.

Simon Barlow, a friend of Mr Whitehouse, said those close to him are "massively worried, really concerned with the situation over in Mexico".

Mr Barlow told Channel 4 News: "We are all hoping that they are going to be found and it's just communications that's not letting us find that information out.

"We're waiting and anticipating, you just can't put it into words, you just can't go over there to help.

"I'm hoping that his background of being in the Army has hopefully served a purpose and they're both fine."

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