Dr Michael Mosley's wife says he 'very nearly made it' after death confirmed

The wife of Dr Michael Mosley said "he so very nearly made it" after she confirmed his death on the Greek island of Symi. Dr Mosley's body was found on Sunday morning close to a bar at Agia Marina. Search teams on a boat, alongside the island's mayor and members of the press, spotted it from the water before those on land went to the scene.

Dr Mosley disappeared on Wednesday after going for a walk alone during a holiday with his wife. A wide-scale search effort was undertaken before the discovery was made close to a fence near the sea.

Dr Clare Bailey Mosley has now released a statement, paying tribute to her husband and saying he "did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn't be easily seen". She thanked everyone who had helped look for him.

In a statement, Dr Bailey Mosley said: "I don't know quite where to begin with this. It's devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband.

"We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much and were so happy together.

"I am incredibly proud of our children, their resilience and support over the past days. My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world. It's clear that Michael meant a huge amount to so many of you.

"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. 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's body was discovered in a rocky area beside Agia Marina on Symi on Sunday after an extensive search led by emergency workers, around a 30-minute walk from the village of Pedi, where Dr Mosley was last seen on CCTV. The 67-year-old TV personality was with his wife and friends at Agios Nikolaos beach on Wednesday, before going alone for a walk to the centre of the island.