Mayor 'saw something' in Dr Michael Mosley search before body found

A general view of Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered during a search and rescue operation for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley
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British journalists and a hospitality worker were the first to see the body found during the search for Michael Mosley.

It was discovered beneath a fence that runs around the bar on Agia Marina beach on the Greek island. The bar is surrounded by hilly and rocky terrain that runs down to the sea.

Dr Mosley, 67, has been missing since Wednesday. He is well-known for his work on This Morning, The One Show and several other TV shows.

The body, along with an umbrella, was found around 90 metres inland from the coastline. Helicopters have searched the area "every day", staff at the bar said.

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Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38, first saw the body found during the search for Michael Mosley on the Greek island of Symi, alongside journalists, after the island's mayor "saw something" by the fence of the bar and alerted staff.

"They saw it with the boat. The mayor came and saw something so that is when they called me and said 'hey they saw something go and check there'.

"They called me, they said 'you know what we saw something from far away can you go and check' so I went there.

"So when I walked up I saw something like a body to make sure. You don't see a dead body everyday, it is not a warzone, it's summer you are supposed to have fun and swimming.

"He came from Pedi OK, and he walked not through the restaurant. If he had walked through there (the bar) we would have checked the cameras.

He said "rescuers had searched that area every day with helicopters".

The search effort has been widespread, operating in dangerous conditions and high temperatures, and has included police, firefighters with drones, Greek Red Cross workers, divers, a search dog and a helicopter. Mosley, known for popularising the 5:2 diet and for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, was on holiday when he vanished.

Greek authorities shifted their focus to a treacherous mountainous area after CCTV footage from a house at the edge of a small marina in the village of Pedi showed the presenter walking towards a mountainous path at about 2pm local time on Wednesday. New footage released on Saturday also appeared to show Mosley walking unimpeded with an umbrella near to the marina.

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