Malaysian special forces unit joins search for missing London teen

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The parents of a Irish teenager missing for nearly a week in Malaysia have thanked teams taking part in a widespread search operation.

Malaysian rescuers found footprints believed to belong to a 15-year-old London girl who went missing in a dense jungle during a family vacation - as recordings of her mother's voice were played to try and draw her out.

Police believe the teen climbed out through an open window in the living room of the family's cottage and was still in the vicinity of the resort.

It is now nearly a week since the teenager, who is vulnerable and has special needs, was last seen.

The short video shared by the police yesterday morning, showed Nora's mother, Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin who was accompanied by her husband, Sebastian Marie Philipe, making a brief statement. In the past few days Nora's parents Meabh and Sebastien have used a police loudspeaker to call out to Nora in an attempt to locate her.

Worryingly, rescuers are reported to have said that an able-bodied, neurotypical person would find it hard to survive in the Malaysian jungle after being lost for six days.

Separately, The Lucie Blackman Trust, which helps families of those missing overseas, said that they have received over 1,500 contacts from people offering help and support as well as anonymous alleged intelligence that needs to be verified and passed on to the relevant authorities.

"All her life she has spent a lot of time in hospital".

She said: 'We know you're searching night and day for Nora.

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She added: "To be with us here, it means the world to us". We are so grateful for everything you are doing, everyone who is helping'.

Quoirin's family, which has lived in London for 20 years, arrived August 3 for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometers (39 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur.

"When she was born, she needed operations to help her breathe".

Nora was travelling on an Irish passport.

"She is not like other teenagers". "Nora likes to walk with her family, but her balance is limited and she struggles with coordination".

"She has been to Asia and many European countries before and has never wandered off or got lost".

On Sunday police launched a new hotline number for the public to report any information about her.

A poster of a missing British girl Nora Anne Quoirin is seen as a motorcyclist, reflected on an acrylic, rides past in Seremban, Malaysia.

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