Dr Michael Mosley's wife living through 'unbearable' time as she issues statement

The wife of missing TV doctor Michael Mosley has issued a statement as the search to find him continues on the Greek island of Symi. Dr Mosley, known for his work in the field of health and wellbeing, was last seen on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

"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."

The 67-year-old TV personality vanished after setting off on a walk to the centre of the island on Wednesday. Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, the mayor of Symi, vowed to continue the extensive search operation, which has involved police, firefighters with drones, and divers.

But, speaking through a translator, the mayor of 22 years questioned how anyone could survive in the heat that topped 40C on the day Dr Mosley disappeared. A search dog was only able to work for an hour on Saturday morning due to the temperature, as the search resumed, he added.

Search for TV doctor Michael Mosley in Greece
Search for TV doctor Michael Mosley in Greece -Credit:PA Graphics

Dr Mosley's four children have arrived on Symi and are set to help with the search. His wife has been searching the island joined by her British friends, Mr Papakaloudoukas added.

The mayor said the area where Dr Mosley is believed to have travelled through is "difficult to pass" and is "only rocks". It is also populated by "loads" of snakes, he said. The search to find Mosley was described as a "race against time" by one of the rescuers on Friday.

Mr Papakaloudoukas said he hoped Dr Mosley would be found "safe and alive", adding: "All the community is so sad about this, (it has) never happened before."

Search team in Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley
Search team in Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley -Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire

It is understood Dr Mosley was last seen by CCTV at a grey-stoned house beside a harbour on the island. He may have walked along a steep uphill concrete road.

At the end of the street, a small path leads into the rocky landscape which has little vegetation beyond thistles and dry grass. On Friday, the mayor's daughter Mika Papakalodouka told the PA news agency that "a lot of" island residents had joined the search using their own boats to find the British national.

"It is a small island, people talk. We're good people actually here. Everybody is looking for him," the 20-year-old told PA. "It's such a small island to get lost on. It's so weird for us. Everybody is worried and looking for him."

A woman reported seeing Dr Mosley, known for popularising the 5:2 diet and for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, in the Pedi area on Wednesday. A local Facebook group said Dr Mosley went for a walk from Saint Nikolas beach at about 1.30pm Greek time (11.30am BST) on Wednesday.