New Michael Mosley CCTV 'shows star falling on rocky hillside' before death

CCTV of Michael Mosley taken at 1.30pm from Greek TV. In the same clothes he was wearing at the time of his disappearance, but also with an umbrella and sunglasses walking down the street.
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CCTV footage has captured the harrowing moment Dr Michael Mosley stumbled near the location where his body was later discovered, with his widow stating he "very nearly made it" to safety. The circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery, pending a post-mortem examination in Rhodes.

Dr Clare Bailey Mosley has confirmed the devastating news that the body found on Sunday morning in a rugged area close to Agia Marina beach on the Greek island of Symi was indeed her husband. Colleagues and many of the thousands who admired his health advice have been paying their respects in the day following his death.

A beach bar's CCTV near Agia Marina reportedly shows the well-known TV doctor descending a rocky incline next to a fence before disappearing from view. His bag was subsequently located "20 feet" from where his body was recovered, having been spotted by a film crew, reports the Mirror.

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His bereaved wife has recounted that the 67 year old, who vanished after parting ways with his wife and companions at Agios Nikolaos beach last Wednesday, seems to have attempted an "incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn't be easily seen" by the search teams.

While initial assessments by a coroner have dismissed any suspicion of criminal activity, additional examinations are set to take place in Rhodes to establish the exact cause of death for the father-of-four.

Daily Mirror/Express/Staar - Pic by Tim Merry - Greek Red Cross team search the hills between the towns of Symi and Pedi for missing doctor Michael Mosley.  8.6.2024  Picture by Tim Merry
Greek Red Cross team search the hills between the towns of Symi and Pedi, Saturday (July 8) -Credit:Tim Merry/Mirror Express

The tragic passing of the esteemed science broadcaster has left family, friends, and fans in mourning. His contributions to science and health programming have been widely acknowledged.

BBC's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor co-host Chris van Tulleken remembered him as "one of the most important broadcasters of the last few decades" expressing deep admiration in his homage.

"Michael wasn't just a rock solid friend, he was an incredibly generous human to everyone he worked with," Van Tulleken shared on X, the platform that succeeded Twitter.

Van Tulleken extended heartfelt condolences to Mosley's family and commended Mosley's widow Clare, recalling their recent live show as "funny, informative, scientific, warm and centred around family".

Map of Symi with key points of where Michael Mosley went missing and his body was found
Map of Symi with key points of where Michael Mosley went missing and his body was found -Credit:PA Graphics/Press Association Images

Fellow Trust Me, I'm A Doctor presenter Dr Saleyha Ahsan called him "a national treasure" and lauded his talent for making complex scientific concepts understandable to the public.

Mimi Spencer, who collaborated with Mosley on The Fast Diet, remembered him as "immediately likeable, genuinely funny" and full of "innate enthusiasm about life". Physicist and television host Brian Cox regarded him as a "mentor" to newcomers in the field of science communication.

Mosley began his career in medicine in London before transitioning to media as a presenter, documentary filmmaker, author, and columnist.

The wife of Dr Bailey Mosley, who tragically lost his life, released a moving tribute via PA news agency: "I don't know quite where to begin with this."

Dr Michael Mosley with his wife Clare Bailey in 2013
Dr Michael Mosley with his wife Clare Bailey in 2013 -Credit:No credit

"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," she continued.

"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."

Drawing solace from his spirit for adventure, she added, "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."

The grieving widow extended her gratitude towards the people of Symi, who searched "tirelessly" to find Mosley. "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."

Their four children, alongside their mother, a GP and cookery book author, previously went on to join the search endeavour earlier this week at Symi.

Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, after the body of TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley was removed from the rocks on the right-hand side of the compound
A general view of Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where the body of Michael Mosley was discovered during a search and rescue operation. Picture date: Sunday June 9, 2024. -Credit:PA Wire/PA Images

Mosley's body was discovered on Sunday morning under a fence surrounding a beach bar at Agia Marina beach, located amidst hilly, rocky terrain.

Police arrived at Agia Marina approximately 20 minutes post discovery of an ominous corpse nearly 90 metres away from the shoreline, firefighters made their appearance just after 2pm local time to handle the removal of the body from the island via a boat trip.

On Saturday, the skies overhead were filled with emergency services choppers for hours droning over the mountainous search site on Symi between Pedi Bay and Agia Marina; remarkably over the same spot where the body was later unexpectedly found.

The body was initially spotted by Ilias Tsavaris, a 38 year old bar manager at Agia Marina, along with several journalists when the island's mayor sounded the alarm after spotting "saw something" distressing close to the fence perimeter of the bar.

A massive search effort unfolded involving police, firefighters equipped with drones, Greek Red Cross volunteers, divers, search hounds, and helicopter surveillance. The conditions were adverse with the operations running in high temperatures across a widespread area.

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Michael Mosley was later found with the black umbrella he was pictured with while walking through Pedi -Credit:No credit

On the Saturday, a significant shift in focus was triggered by authorities in Greece as a result of revealing CCTV footage captured from a residential property situated on the edge of a minuscule marina in Pedi. It depicted the broadcaster making her way towards a mountainous pathway around 2pm local time on Wednesday.

Sophie Laurimore, the director of The Soho Agency that counted Mosley amongst its distinguished clientele, shared the heavy-hearted announcement of bidding adieu to a "wise, wonderful and lovely man" with "profound sadness".

Her heartfelt words continued: "Our hearts are with Clare and the children. Michael was unique. The work he did was important. We will miss him dreadfully."