Michael Mosley missing: Greek mayor in heartbreaking 'impossible' admission as night descends

-Credit: (Image: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

As night falls on the third day of the search for missing TV doctor and nutrition expert Michael Mosley, an official from the island where he went missing has made the heartbreaking claims that finding him could be "impossible".

Heavy search assets including fire engines, police officers, dogs, helicopters, and night vision drones have been scouring the small Greek island of Symi following the disappearance of the well-liked 67-year-old TV presenter - known for his lifestyle advice on ITV's This Morning, Radio 4's 'Just One Thing' and for his endorsement of the 5-2 fasting diet.

With efforts in full swing, the mayor of the island conveys that finding the respected TV doctor might prove to be "impossible". As of Thursday (June 5), emergency services alongside helicopters and drones have been deployed in response to a local sighting, with their focus majorly on the Pedi area - a picturesque seafront location on Symi popular amongst tourists, reports the Mirror.

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Symi Mayor Eleftherios Papakalodoukas expressed his doubts about the feasibility of Dr Mosley still being in the Pedi area. Speaking to the BBC, he mentioned: "It is a very small, controlled area, full of people. So, if something happened to him there, we would have found him by now."

The Pedi area in the northeast of the island is centred around a small fishing village nestled between two rocky valleys on the island's coastline, with road connections to many of the larger towns and settlements on Symi.

A woman who works at Kamares coffee shop on Pedi Beach, a favourite of tourists, said: “They came, the police, with the coast police and firemen, and the rescue team, to carry out the investigation, but I don’t think that anything has been found yet.” Another woman in the area said Mosley’s disappearance was “strange” as the path he was thought to be on is “clear”.

Another local woman described Mosley's disappearance as "strange" given the clarity of the path he was believed to be on. She explained: "It's a quiet place ... if you see the map of the area it's a clear path, it's nothing dangerous, many people go every day, every few minutes, that's the reason it's very strange because it's a clear path."

Dr Mosley's wife reported him missing after he disappeared during a coastal walk on Wednesday in the vicinity of St Nikolas beach - located south-east of the Pedi area. He went missing sometime after 1.30pm, having left his wife at St Nikolas Beach to explore the island's interior.

The journey between Pedi Beach and St Nikolas Beach is said to take around 20 minutes and does not involve particularly challenging terrain, adding to the enigma surrounding Dr Mosley's disappearance. A person familiar with the area told PA: "I'm having trouble understanding how you could get lost."

Mosley shares four children with his wife Dr Clare Bailey Mosley, who is also an author and health columnist. The Foreign Office has confirmed they are providing support to the family of a man missing in Greece and are liaising with local authorities.