Search to resume for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley on Greek island

The search for missing TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley is set to resume on the Greek island of Symi.

Emergency crews had paused the search at 8pm Greek time on Friday as dusk fell, but will recommence on Saturday morning in a bid to find the 67-year-old who vanished on Wednesday after setting off on a walk to the centre of the island.

Police and firefighters had been using drones to try to locate Mosley while divers and the local coast guard had joined rescue efforts, alongside local residents who were said to be using their own boats to find the British national.

The search-and-rescue operation for Mr Mosley was described as a “race against time” on Friday, as it switched to a treacherous mountainous path.

CCTV footage from a house at the edge of Pedi’s small marina at the far end of the village showed the presenter entering the path at about 2pm on Wednesday.

One of the rescuers told the PA news agency that Mosley’s decision was “inexplicable”, as it would have taken a fit young person three hours to walk to the port.

A rocky path near Saint Nikolas Beach in the Pedi district in Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley after he went missing while on holiday
A rocky path near Saint Nikolas beach in the Pedi district in Symi, Greece (Yui Mok/PA)

“The path is not easy to follow, if he took a wrong turn, he would be lost. He could be anywhere, It is a race against time,” she said of the little-used path, which runs inland rather than following the coast.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s daughter Mika Papakalodouka told PA the path he is thought to have taken is “not dangerous at all, but we have 40C outside so it’s easy to get dizzy”.

The area where Mosley went missing is experiencing hot temperatures, with a yellow weather warning for high temperatures in force in Rhodes and the surrounding islands including Symi, according to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service.

Ms Papakalodouka, whose father Eleftherios Papakalodouka has been mayor of Symi for 22 years, said the island is “close” with around 300 permanent residents – some of whom were scouring the island for Mosley.

A restaurant in the Pedi area of Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley after he went missing while on holiday
A restaurant in the Pedi area of Symi (Yui Mok/PA)

“It is a small island, people talk. We’re good people actually here. Everybody is looking for him,” the 20-year-old told PA. “It’s such a small island to get lost on. It’s so weird for us. Everybody is worried and looking for him.”

Symi’s coast guard said all of its patrol boats were out searching on Friday, while the Ministry of Maritime Affairs confirmed the Port Authority of Symi was assisting the investigations of the Hellenic Police, “using patrols from the sea and operational vessels patrolling the area”.

A spokesperson for the Greek fire service said seven firefighters and one drone had been checking the wider area on Friday, while the Greek police were using sniffer dogs in the island search.

Locator graphic showing where on the Greek island of Symi Michael Mosley was last seen
(PA Graphics)

Greek police said they were informed of the disappearance of “the 67-year-old British national on the island” on Wednesday, according to a statement.

A woman reported seeing Mosley, known for popularising the 5:2 diet and for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, in the Pedi area on Wednesday.

A local Facebook group said Mosley went for a walk from Saint Nikolas beach at about 1.30pm Greek time on Wednesday.

Mosley is known for being a columnist for the Daily Mail and has made a number of films about diet and exercise.

The broadcaster fronted the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor.

Michael Mosley
TV doctor Michael Mosley (BBC/PA)

He also lived with tapeworms in his gut for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites on BBC Four.

Mosley received an Emmy nod for BBC science documentary The Human Face, presented by John Cleese and featuring a raft of famous faces, including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and Sir David Attenborough.

He also advocated intermittent fasting through the 5:2 diet and The Fast 800 diet.

Mosley has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, also a doctor, author and health columnist, who wrote the recipe book Fast 800 Easy.

The couple, who have hosted theatre show tours together, recently attended the Hay Festival, where Mosley presented a special edition of his Radio 4 series and podcast Just One Thing.