Dr Michael Mosley major update as body found 'next to umbrella'

Dr Michael Mosley
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A body has been discovered in the search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley. The medical expert vanished on the Greek isle of Symi last Wednesday, and now there are reports that a body has been found beside an umbrella near local caves known as "The Abyss", according to reports from The Sun.

Formal identification is still to take place. The renowned health presenter was last caught on CCTV at 2pm on that Wednesday, leaving Pedi village and heading towards a rocky footpath.

Dr Mosley, 67, has been missing for four days, leading to a significant search operation involving helicopters, scuba divers, sniffer dogs, and drones. It comes after a firefighter helping in the search revealed the difficulties they are facing.]

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Firefighters started scouring a 6.5km (four-mile) radius over a mountainous area that is surrounded by sea at 6am on Saturday. But emergency workers were forced to split up into small teams to search the steep and rocky area.

One uniformed worker said there were 10 of them searching multiple summits because it was too dangerous for large crews to work during the summer months. Firefighter Stergos Giakoumakis said from near one of the peaks: “It’s not so easy to bring here 100 people, especially this period, because it’s the most dangerous period. Everything is dry and it is too dangerous for firemen to search.”

It's believed Dr Mosley left Saint Nikolas beach where he had been enjoying the day with his wife Clare and a couple of friends intending to return alone to Pedi, leaving behind his mobile phone. The released video footage from Saturday reveals him travelling through the fishing village and then towards a rocky path in sweltering temperatures up to 37C.

Earlier clips taken around 1.52pm show him near a cafe in Pedi, using an umbrella for shade. Rescue teams had worries he might have taken a wrong turn while attempting to get back to his holiday home. Mosley's wife Dr Clare Bailey, 62, released an emotional statement on Saturday saying her family would "not lose hope".

"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."

"The search is ongoing and our family are so incredibly grateful to the people of Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate who are working tirelessly to help find Michael. We will not lose hope."