Bar manager describes moment mayor 'saw something' before body found in search for Dr Michael Mosley

Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris
-Credit: (Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire)


The manager of the bar close to where a body was found in the search for missing TV personality Dr Michael Mosley has explained how the island's mayor "saw something" before calling for help. Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38, first saw the body alongside journalists after the mayor, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, alerted staff.

He said: "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 every day, 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."

He said "rescuers had searched that area every day with helicopters".

The body, with an umbrella close by, was discovered in a rocky area beside Agia Marina on Symi on Sunday after an extensive search operation led by emergency workers, around 30 minutes walk from the village of Pedi where Dr Mosley was last seen. The 67-year-old TV personality was with friends at Agios Nikolaos beach on Wednesday, before going alone for a walk to the centre of the island.

Emergency services on a boat at Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered during a search and rescue operation for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley
Emergency services on a boat at Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered during a search and rescue operation for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley -Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire

The body, which is yet to be formally identified, was discovered beneath a fence that runs around a bar on Agia Marina beach, which is surrounded by hilly, rocky terrain. Police arrived at Agia Marina around 20 minutes after the decomposed body was discovered lying face up about 90 metres from the coastline.

On Saturday, an emergency helicopter circled the wider Pedi area for several hours and hovered over the spot where the body was found. The search effort has been widespread, operating in dangerous conditions and high temperatures, and has included police, firefighters with drones, Greek Red Cross workers, divers, a search dog and a helicopter.

Dr Michael Mosley
Dr Michael Mosley -Credit:John Rogers/BBC/PA

Dr Mosley, known for popularising the 5:2 diet and for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, was on holiday when he vanished. Greek authorities shifted their focus to a treacherous mountainous area after CCTV footage from a house at the edge of a small marina in the village of Pedi showed the presenter walking towards a mountainous path at about 2pm local time on Wednesday. New footage released on Saturday also appeared to show Dr Mosley walking unimpeded with an umbrella near to the marina.