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Body found in search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley on Greek island Symi

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A body has been discovered during the search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley, who disappeared on the Greek island of Symi on Wednesday.

The body was reportedly found with an umbrella in a rocky area near Agia Marina, close to a network of caves locally known as “The Abyss.”

The remains are awaiting formal identification.

Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38, was among the first to see the body. He discovered it alongside journalists after the island’s mayor noticed something by the bar’s fence and alerted the staff.

“They saw it with the boat. The mayor came and saw something so that is when they called me and said ‘hey they saw something go and check there’.

“They called me, they said ‘you know what we saw something from far away can you go and check’ so I went there.

“So when I walked up I saw something like a body to make sure. You don’t see a dead body everyday, it is not a warzone, it’s summer you are supposed to have fun and swimming.

“He came from Pedi OK, and he walked not through the restaurant. If he had walked through there (the bar) we would have checked the cameras.”

The last sighting of Dr Mosley before he vanished on the Greek island of Symi

The last sighting of Dr Mosley before he vanished on the Greek island of Symi

A huge search operation was launched after Dr Mosley, 67, disappeared on Wednesday after reportedly setting off on a walk to the centre of Symi, which is part of the Dodecanese island chain and is about 25 miles north of Rhodes.

Police feared he may have “fallen from a height” while walking along a rocky path that would have taken him from St Nicholas beach back to the village of Pedi.

CCTV later emerged showing the doctor strolling down a street in the village, shielded from the sun by an umbrella, indicating he crossed the dangerous path from the beach and made it back to the village.

It comes just one day after Dr Mosley’s wife said she’s refusing to “lose hope” as she spoke for the first time since he went missing.

Dr Clare Bailey Mosley expressed her gratitude to the dozens of Greek volunteers and emergency workers scouring the harsh terrain of the island during unrelentingly high temperatures.

Speaking for the first time since her husband’s disappearance, Dr Bailey Mosley said on Saturday: “It has been three days since Michael left the beach to go for a walk.

“The longest and most unbearable days for myself and my children. The search is ongoing and our family are so incredibly grateful to the people of Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate – who are working tirelessly to help find Michael. We will not lose hope.”

A general view of Agia Marina in Symi (Yui Mok/PA Wire)A general view of Agia Marina in Symi (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

A general view of Agia Marina in Symi (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Dr Mosley vanished after leaving the St Nicholas Beach restaurant at lunchtime on Wednesday. He and his wife had travelled by boat from Symi town, where they were staying in a villa, to St Nicholas beach. The return service was not due until 4pm and Dr Mosley opted to walk home on his own.

His wife raised the alarm at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening when she realised he had not returned to their villa.

Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, the mayor of Symi, said “many troubling questions” remained about Dr Mosley’s movements on the day he disappeared.

“You can easily get lost and it’s not wise to walk it in the middle of the afternoon in temperatures approaching 40C [104F]. Why did he leave the beach, and his wife and friends? Why did he not take his telephone?”

The 67-year-old is well-known for his appearances on television programs such as This Morning and The One Show. He also hosted the Just One Thing health podcast for the BBC.

Search team at Agia Marina in Symi (Yui Mok/PA Wire)Search team at Agia Marina in Symi (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Search team at Agia Marina in Symi (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Dr Mosley is credited with popularising the 5:2 diet, which involves fasting for two days per week to lose weight.

More recently, he presented two series for Channel 4: Secrets Of Your Big Shop and Who Made Britain Fat?

Academic and broadcaster Alice Roberts shared three pictures on social media with Dr Mosley, with whom she first worked with on her 2009 TV series Human Journey, following reports a body had been found during the search for him.

Prof Roberts wrote: “The fragility of life is so shocking.

“I’ve known Michael Mosley for many years – as a tv producer specialising in science and medicine. He was the executive producer of my 2009 series Human Journey.

“When he started presenting as well as producing, we made several science programmes together.

“And we met up at Hay Festival just 2 weeks ago.

“I can’t believe he’s gone. My thoughts are with his bereaved family.”

Tom Watson, the former deputy leader of the Labour Party, described Dr Mosley as a “hero” following the news.

“It’s hard to describe how upset I am by this news,” Mr Watson said posting on Twitter, formerly X.

“Through courageous, science-based journalism, Michael Mosley has helped thousands of people get well and healthy. I’m one of them.

“He was a hero to me. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Mr Watson said in an interview after losing around 7st that Mosley’s The Fast Diet book was part of his weight-loss regime.

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