Dr Michael Mosley's wife said he 'very nearly made it' but 'couldn't be seen by search team'

Dr Michael Mosley has been found dead after a four day search
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Dr Michael Mosley's wife has said he "took the wrong route and collapsed" on the Greek island where he was found dead.

The 67-year-old TV doctor vanished during a hike on the island of Symi on Wednesday. He had left for the climb at 1.30pm and his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, 62, raised the alarm when he didn't return by 7.30pm.

After a four-day search, a body was found earlier today (June 9) and it has since been confirmed as Dr Mosley. In a statement from his wife, she said he had collapsed and was unable to be seen by the search teams.

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She said: "We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it. He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team. Michael was an adventurous man, it’s part of what made him so special."

She also said how grateful she was to everyone who took part in the search: "We are so grateful to the extraordinary people on Symi who have worked tirelessly to help find him. Some of these people on the island, who hadn’t even heard of Michael, worked from dawn till dusk unasked. We’re also very grateful to the press who have dealt with us with great respect.

"I feel so lucky to have our children and my amazing friends. Most of all, I feel so lucky to have had this life with Michael. Thank you all."

Dr Mosley was best known for creating the 5:2 diet, as well as making a number of programmes about healthy eating and exercise. The broadcaster also fronted the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I'm A Doctor.

Dr Mosley leaves behind the four children he shares with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, who is also a doctor, author and health columnist.

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