Michael Mosley: Symi search in remote area as CCTV shows star

By Joe Inwood, Jemma Crew, BBC News

Reuters An image taken from a computer screen of a CCTV and released to Reuters on June 7, 2024, shows what is believed to be British TV doctor Michael MosleyReuters

The search for missing TV and radio presenter Michael Mosley has shifted to a remote mountainous area on the Greek island of Symi.

The 67-year-old, known for his TV programmes and BBC Radio 4’s Just One Thing podcast, vanished on Wednesday while on holiday.

Dr Mosley was reported to have left Agios Nikolaos beach by foot on Wednesday at 13:30 local time (11:30 BST), and new CCTV footage seen by PA news agency shows him later entering a mountainous path inland from a nearby village.

A search and rescue operation, involving helicopters and drones, has started up again on Saturday morning.

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A photo of Dr Mosley on holiday in Symi was shared on a local Facebook group on Wednesday

At 06:00 local time firefighters started searching a 4 mile (6.5km) radius over a mountainous area that is surrounded by sea, said Manolis Tsimpoukas who organises searches for missing people on the Dodecanese Islands, of which Symi is apart of.

Asked if there had been any sign of Dr Mosley, he said there has been “nothing”.

A source directly involved in the search told BBC News the search is focusing on the mountainous area between areas of the island Pedi and Symi. The source described it as “not easy terrain”.

One theory that has emerged was that Dr Mosley was trying to take a much longer route than previously thought, passing over miles of exposed hillside. Dr Mosley’s accommodation was in the main town.

CCTV images appear to capture the broadcaster in Pedi’s main street holding an umbrella about 20 minutes after leaving the beach.

The BBC has seen a second piece of CCTV footage from a nearby premises showing a man wearing the same clothes and carrying the same umbrella which was time stamped at 13:50.

Officials are now understood to be excluding the possibility the father-of-four came to harm while walking between the beach and Pedi.

Separate CCTV, from a house at the edge of Pedi’s marina at the far end of the village, shows Dr Mosley later entering a mountain path at about 14:00 local time, PA said.

A member of the rescue team described the search as a “race against time” and said he could be “anywhere”.

“The path is not easy to follow, if he took a wrong turn, he would be lost,” she told PA.

A helicopter assisting with the search was filmed flying over Symi

All patrol boats, private boats and commercial boats near the island have been searching for Dr Mosley, Symi’s coastguard said, while police and firefighters have been using drones and a sniffer dog to try to locate the missing presenter,

Divers have been “looking into the water” with the help of the Hellenic Coast Guard.

Symi’s mayor Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas said the search will continue until Dr Mosley is found.

He added he was unsure why the missing presenter would try to make a long, potentially arduous journey in such heat, but he hoped the presenter is found “safe and alive”.

Greek police said Dr Mosley left his wife Clare on the beach on Wednesday, before setting off on a walk to the centre of the island.

His phone was found where he was staying with his wife, who reported him missing, a police spokesperson told BBC News.

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Search and rescue teams are looking for the missing TV presenter

An appeal saying he was missing was posted on a local Facebook group on Wednesday, alongside a picture of Dr Mosley wearing a blue cap, polo shirt and shorts.

“Have you seen this man? He set off to walk back from [Agios Nikolaos beach] at about 13:30 and failed to make it home,” it said.

His three adult sons and one daughter have flown to the island to join the search, Dr Mosley’s brother Arthur told the Telegraph on Friday.

He said: “We are very shocked and perplexed by what has happened to him.”

Symi is part of Greece’s Dodecanese island group and sits about 12 miles (19km) north-west of Rhodes. In the 2021 census it had a population of approximately 2,600 people.

The majority of its beaches are remote and people are advised to take boats to visit them.

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Maria and Antonis said locals could not understand the disappearance

Father and daughter Antonis and Maria, who have lived on Symi all their lives, said his disappearance is shocking and confusing.

“This is crazy,” Antonis told BBC News.

“The place is very small. A little kid can’t get lost here. How does a man get lost?”

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Before moving into TV, Dr Mosley studied medicine in London and qualified as a doctor but for the last couple of decades has been working as a presenter, documentary maker, journalist and author.

He writes a column for the Daily Mail and his TV programmes also include Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat?

Dr Mosley has been an advocate for intermittent fasting diets, including the 5:2 diet and The Fast 800 diet.

He has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, who is also a doctor, author and healthy living advocate.

The couple recently appeared at the Hay Festival where Dr Mosley presented a special edition of Just One Thing.

Reacting to the “shocking news”, his fellow Trust Me, I’m A Doctor co-star Dr Saleyha Ahsan said she was “praying he is found safe” and she feels “sick with worry”.

On Thursday’s edition of The One Show, presenter Alex Jones opened the programme by expressing concern that “our friend” had gone missing.

“Our thoughts are very much with his wife Clare and the rest of his family at this worrying time. We hope for more positive news,” she added.

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