Two 16-year-olds have run away from a Lancashire boarding school and are believed to have flown to the Dominican Republic, according to a report.
Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva left Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the early hours of Monday morning.
They are known to have taken a taxi to Manchester airport and are thought to have then caught a flight to the Caribbean island.
Victoria Bunyan, the widow of Edward's older half-brother Christopher, told The Daily Telegraph: “I don't approve at all but sounds like he is having quite an adventure. It is going to get him in rather a lot of trouble I am sure.
"I'm not sure why he did it; they are very hormonal at that age. I don't know anything about the girl - I suspect her family are very worried too.
“I don't know what was going on at school for him but he is a bright boy so I am sure he will be okay and will work it out.”
The teenagers reportedly complained to friends about the “cold and rainy” weather in Lancashire.
Matthew Mostyn, second master at the 421-year-old college, where fees cost up to £29,439 a year, said their fellow pupils had initially thought the disappearance was an “exciting story” but had become worried.
“The families are desperately concerned for them, and our priority is to get them back safely as soon as possible,” he said.
“We believe that they are in the Dominican Republic, and we have every reason to suppose they are completely safe and sound. It's increasingly clear that they went of their own freewill, so there's every reason to be optimistic, but obviously until they're back with their families there is still a concern.”
A friend described their departure from the school as “incredible stunt” and “escaping from Alcatraz”, given its security measures.
Friends have set up a #WheresBunyan and #WheresIndira hashtags on Twitter to talk about them.
A police spokesperson confirmed the two teenagers were missing and said they were last seen at about 3am on Monday at Manchester airport.
“It is believed the pair may have travelled abroad. We are carrying out a number of inquiries to try and trace them to ensure that they are safe and well. Their families have been informed and are being kept fully up to date,” the spokesperson added.