Bar manager who found body in Michael Mosley search breaks silence

Dr Michael Mosley
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A bar manager has spoken out after being one of the first to witness a body found during the search for well-known TV doctor Michael Mosley.

Michael Mosley, aged 67 and known for his appearances on popular programmes like The One Show and This Morning, was last seen by companions at Agios Nikolaos beach on Wednesday, 5 June, before he set off for a stroll towards the island's centre.

The body, which has not been officially identified yet, was located under a fence bordering a bar at Agia Marina beach. The area is characterised by its rugged, hilly landscape that slopes down to the shoreline.

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Bar staff reported that helicopters had been scouring the vicinity "every day". Ilias Tsavaris, 38, the manager of the Agia Marina bar, was among the first to spot the body along with members of the press.

He recounts how the local mayor noticed something near the bar's fence and alerted the staff, reports OK!.

"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'," Tsavaris recounted.

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

He added: "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 added that "rescuers had searched that area everyday with helicopters".

The search for Michael has been extensive, involving a coordinated effort in challenging conditions and soaring temperatures, with police officers, firefighters equipped with drones, members of the Greek Red Cross, divers, a trained search dog, and helicopter support all contributing to the operation.

Following a shift in the investigation based on new CCTV footage from a local residence, Greek authorities concentrated their efforts on a rugged terrain where the presenter was last seen heading towards at around 2pm on Wednesday.

Additional CCTV footage released on Saturday seemed to show Michael strolling casually with an umbrella close to the marina area.

Yesterday, Michael's spouse Dr Clare Bailey expressed her determination to maintain hope amidst the excruciating wait for news, as she described the "unbearable days" since Michael's disappearance.

In her initial public comment, Clare disclosed: "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."