Police officer injured as body found on Greek island in search for Dr Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley
-Credit: (Image: Jon Cottam)

A body has been discovered in a rocky area beside Agia Marina during the search for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley, who went missing while on holiday on the Greek island of Symi.

The body was discovered in a rocky area on Sunday after an extensive search operation led by emergency workers.

The 67-year-old TV personality was last seen by friends at the Agios Nikolaos beach on Wednesday, before going for a walk.

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The search effort has been widespread and has included firefighters, dogs, helicopters, drones, local people and officers from Symi and outside the island. A police officer working at the scene fell on the rocky terrain during his work and was carried off in a stretcher.

-Credit:Tim Merry/Mirror Express
-Credit:Tim Merry/Mirror Express

The seaside bar near where the body was found is in a large compound surrounded by a high fence made of wire and stone. Outside the compound there is no shelter or shade from the relentless heat.

People are still playing in the sea and taking photos of one another by sunbeds as police and coastguards investigate the discovery about 90 metres away.

Tourist Sindy Seenarine, 50, who has visited Symi biannually for 14 years said the high temperatures were unusual for the time of year.

After a man’s body was found, the insurance industry worker, who lives in Surbiton, Surrey, told the PA news agency: “The tragedy is he was so close to shelter, maybe he was desperately trying to get here?

“We come here every year twice a year - that’s the tragedy to me, is he’s so close to shelter. This is the hottest it’s ever been since we’ve been coming here, July and August it’s hotter. We’ve never experienced this heat in Symi in June."

Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38, first saw the body found during the search for Michael Mosley on the Greek island of Symi, alongside journalists, after the island’s mayor “saw something” by the fence of the bar and alerted staff.

“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 everyday, 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 everyday with helicopters”.

Yesterday in her statement, reported by the BBC, Dr Clare Bailey Mosley said: "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.


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.

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