Michael Mosley tragedy as body found on Greek island in search for missing TV doctor

Dr Michael Mosley
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A body has been found in the rescue operation for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley on a Greek island.

Part of the search and rescue mission turned to a network of caves known locally as The Abyss and it’s reported that a body was found nearby on Sunday morning. The grim discovery was made in St Michael’s marina on Symi. There has not been a formal identification of the remains.

Mosley, known for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, and fronting of documentaries was on holiday with his wife Clare at the time. As reported by the Mirror, the remains were reportedly found near a chainlink fence separating the St Michael's resort from the nearby cave network.

Firefighters take part in a search and rescue operation for Michael Mosley
Firefighters take part in a search and rescue operation for Michael Mosley -Credit:MARIA PANORMA KONTOU/AFP via Getty Images

It had been confirmed earlier on Sunday morning that Greek search and rescue teams had withdrawn their sniffer dog and returned to Athens, reportedly over fears of the impact of the prolonged heat on the animal.

A statement from local police, which has been translated, said they were informed about the "disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island" on Wednesday.

It opened an "investigation" to find him and a search is being "carried out by the Fire Brigade with the assistance of forces of the Hellenic Police, Civil Protection (a local and regional coordination agency), volunteers and a police dog, while technical means such as drones are also used to locate the missing person".

Fire crews said they were asked by officers on Thursday at about 11.15am to help the search. Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team were sent from the nearby island of Rhodes to help, arriving in Symi at about 2pm. His agent confirmed his disappearance to the PA news agency.

A local Facebook group said Mosley went for a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach at about 1.30pm Greek time on Wednesday, but had not returned by Thursday morning. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities."

They were on the Greek island of Symi
They were on the Greek island of Symi -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Mosley is also 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.

Trust Me I'm A Doctor star Saleyha Ahsan wrote on social media that the news was "shocking" and that she was hoping Mosley would be "found safe". "I literally feel sick with worry," Ahsan added. "Don't even know what to say."

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 human 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.

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