Island where Dr Michael Mosley went missing is 'small' and 'everybody is looking'

Dr Michael Mosley
-Credit: (Image: John Rogers/BBC/PA)


The Greek island where TV doctor Michael Mosley went missing on Wednesday is 'small', with only 300 permanent residents, locals have said. The daughter of the island's mayor, who has been translating for him with the authorities and media, said "everybody is looking for him".

She said "it's such a small island to get lost on" and added that the disappearance was "weird". Mika Papakalodouka said her father, Eleftherios Papakalodouka, has been mayor of Symi for 22 years and that the island has around 300 permanent residents.

Ms Papakalodouka, 20, told the PA news agency she grew up on the island, but now spends the majority of the year in Athens while studying maritime business remotely at Solent University, Southampton. She said Symi's community is "close", adding "it is a small island, people talk. We're good people actually here. Everybody is looking for him".

Dr Mosley disappeared after going on a walk from Saint Nicholas beach, and Ms Papakalodouka said the path he is thought to have taken is "not dangerous at all, but we have 40C outside so it's easy to get dizzy". Emergency crews are continuing their search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley on the Greek island of Symi with the help of local residents using their own boats.

An exclusive image retrieved by The Mirror shows Dr Mosley a few minutes later outside the Blue Corner Cafe on Pedi Beach
An exclusive image retrieved by The Mirror shows Dr Mosley, on the right, outside the Blue Corner Cafe on Pedi Beach -Credit:Daily Mirror

Dr Mosley vanished after going on a walk on Wednesday afternoon in high temperatures. The daughter of the island's mayor told the PA news agency firefighters, police and helicopters "are out all night".

Ms Papakalodouka also said: "It's such a small island to get lost on. It's so weird for us. Everybody is worried and looking for him."

She added that "a lot of" island residents had been joining the search using their own boats.