Missing X-Factor star Levi Davis feared to have drowned in sea off Barcelona as detectives make crucial breakthrough

19 April 2023, 18:54 | Updated: 19 April 2023, 19:06

Levi Davis vanished in October
Levi Davis vanished in October. Picture: Alamy/Screengrab

By Will Taylor

The family of missing X Factor and rugby star Levi Davis fear he has drowned in the sea near Barcelona.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Police have told his heartbroken mother Julie Davis they think a report of a man drowning near the city's port was him.

The former Bath rugby player disappeared on October 30.

Spanish officers have spoken to crew members of a cruise liner that arrived in Barcelona early on that day, and they said they saw a man in the water who wore a similar shirt to Levi.

He spoke English and asked for help, the four workers told investigators, and they threw a life jacket to him.

Search and rescue deployed but they could not find the man, who is now thought to have been Levi.

Read more: 'Hi mum... it's beautiful': Mum releases poignant last video from rugby player Levi Davis' hours before he disappeared

Levi Davis vanished in October
Levi Davis vanished in October. Picture: Alamy

Detectives have also told his relatives they found his phone signal was last detected in the port early on that day.

His mother Julie said in a statement: "The investigation is still very much ongoing and we are hoping that the port police will authorise and carry out a further search of the waters and other inaccessible areas of the port.

"We would like to thank the Mosso d'Esquadra [Catalonian police] and the British consulate in Barcelona for their continued hard work.

Read more: Devastated family offers £10,000 reward in search for missing rugby player Levi Davis

"No further comment will be made at this time. We continue to ask that the press respect the feelings and privacy of Levi's family and friends at what is a very emotionally distressing time."

Levi was last seen leaving the Old Irish Pub and later the Hard Rock Café Pub on the night of October 29.

He walked down La Rambla and is now thought to have headed to the port.

Levi is feared to have drowned near Barcelona's port
Levi is feared to have drowned near Barcelona's port. Picture: Alamy

The former X Factor: Celebrity contestant, who appeared alongside fellow rugby players Thom Evans and Ben Foden in 2019, had been holidaying in Ibiza before taking a ferry to Barcelona by himself.

He recorded a video message to his mother while making the trip, just hours before he vanished.

Friends and family were left shocked by his disappearance and were unable to figure out what could have happened.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Graziano Di Prima has broken his silence

Strictly pro Graziano Di Prima allegedly 'spat, kicked and berated' Zara McDermott before sacking

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is helped off the stage at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Gunshots and a defiant fist: How the first attempted assassination against a Presidential candidate in 52 years unfolded

What will following the shooting of Donald Trump?

Donald Trump shot during campaign rally: Jon Sopel explains what it means for the US Presidential race

The nation is gripped by Euros fever

England expects! Nation gripped by Euros fever as fans prepare for historic final against Spain

Donald Trump has been shot through the ear at a rally in Pennsylvania - as one bystander was killed and two others were critically injured.

Pictured: Shocking scenes as gunman shoots Donald Trump during rally leaving one bystander dead

Liz Truss has reacted to her party's terrible election results

Liz Truss blames Tory election drubbing on Rishi Sunak ‘trashing her record’ before pointing finger at Tony Blair

Joe Biden reacts to the assassination attempt of Donald Trump

‘Everyone must condemn it’: Joe Biden labels Donald Trump assassination attempt ‘sick’ as world leaders react

Donald Trump was shot at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania yesterday

Gunman behind Donald Trump’s assassination attempt is 20-year-old Republican supporter, FBI reveals

Donald Trump's ear was grazed in a shooting at a campaign rally yesterday

‘Much bleeding took place’: Donald Trump releases statement after being shot at campaign rally

President Trump was shot at a rally in Pennsylvania

Donald Trump carried off stage by Secret Service after shooting at campaign rally

American XL bully

Police raid suspected XL Bully farm and arrest man as 13 dogs seized inside house with children

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has told the England team that they have "made the country proud" before their crunch Euros final against Spain on Sunday.

'Bring it home': Keir Starmer sends message to England team ahead of showpiece Euros final against Spain

spanhoe airfield near corby main runway

Pilot killed in plane crash at former RAF airfield near Corby as police urge witnesses to come forward

A child is dead and five people have been injured after a house fire in East Ham, London.

Child dead after deadly blaze that injured five which gutted east London home and needed 40 firefighters to tackle

Daniel Halliday went missing while playing in the water with his brother on June 30.

Body found in the sea confirmed to be 14-year-old Daniel Halliday who was swept away in River Mersey on June 30

A Scottish council has come under fire for handing almost 2,000 penalties in the first 11 days of its low emission zone

Scottish council under fire after handing out 2,000 fines in first 11 days of new low emission zone