Bar owner who found body in Michael Mosley hunt says 'you don't see this every day'

Agia Marina in Symi
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A Greek bar owner has spoken of the moment a body was found in the hunt for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley. Ilias Tsavaris was asked to "check" a spot where the island's mayor "saw something" by the fence.

Dr Mosley, 67, was vanished after leaving Agios Nikolaos beach on Wednesday, June 5. A body, which had yet to be formally identified, was discovered 'with a purple umbrella' beneath a fence that ran around a bar on Agia Marina beach, the Mirror reports.

Ilias, 38, said helicopters had searched the area "every day" but the sighting was made by boat. 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'.

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"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 swim."

The search effort has been widespread, operating in dangerous conditions and scorching temperatures. Police, firefighters with drones, Greek Red Cross workers, divers, a search dog and a helicopter all joined the hunt.