Dr Michael Mosley latest: Mayor gives update on search for missing TV doctor

TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley
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The mayor of Symi has declared that the search for Dr Michael Mosley will continue unabated until he is found, as the hunt enters its fourth day. The 67 year old television doctor has been missing since Wednesday (June 4) while holidaying on the Greek island.

The search operation for Dr Mosley resumed today (June 8). Firefighters began combing a 6.5km radius over a mountainous area surrounded by sea at 6am, according to Manolis Tsimpoukas, who coordinates searches for missing individuals on the Dodecanese Islands.

When questioned about any signs of Mr Mosley, he responded with "nothing, nothing", adding that if anything is discovered, they would locate him within an hour. He described the area as "very dangerous".

Symi's mayor Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, speaking through a translator, pondered how anyone could survive in the heat that exceeded 40C on the day the TV doctor vanished. He added that due to the high temperature, the search dog was only able to work for an hour on Saturday morning.

Having served as Symi's mayor for over two decades, Mr Papakaloudoukas described the area where Dr Mosley is thought to have journeyed through as 'difficult to pass' and 'only rocks'. He also mentioned that it is home to 'loads' of snakes, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Mr Papakaloudoukas expressed his hope that Dr Mosley is found 'safe and alive', stating that 'all the community is so sad about this, [it has] never happened before'.

Dr Mosley's four children have arrived on Symi to assist in the search for their missing father, according to the island's mayor, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas. Dr Claire Bailey, his wife, has been combing through the island with the help of her British friends.

The mayor, speaking through a translator, revealed that Dr Bailey had been searching a wooded area above Pedi bay. However, it is now believed that her husband may have ventured through a less dense region on the other side of the bay.

CCTV last captured Dr Mosley near a grey-stoned house by the harbour on the island. It is speculated that he might have taken a steep uphill concrete road.

This street ends with a small rocky path leading into a landscape with sparse vegetation, mainly thistles and dry grass.

Dr Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon. Newly released CCTV images from last night show him on Pedi's main road at 13.50pm on Wednesday, approximately 20 minutes after he is believed to have embarked on a coastal hike.

The local site MEGA shared the CCTV footage, which was retrieved by police currently scouring the island of Symi, where Dr Mosley was vacationing with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey.

A second image, captured by surveillance cameras outside the Blue Corner Cafe on Pedi Beach, reportedly shows Dr Mosley using an umbrella to shield himself from the sun as he walks past.

Dr Mosley is recognised for his regular appearances on the ITV show, as well as BBC's The One Show. He also hosts Just One Thing on BBC Radio 4.