Michael Mosley missing - Greek police release update on search operation

Details have emerged about the huge search operation which has swung into action after TV doctor Michael Mosley went missing on holiday. The Just One Thing expert who is famed for his 5:2 and Fast 800 eating plans vanished while walking on the Greek island of Symi.

His wife, Dr Clare Bailey, 62, raised the alarm after he failed to return by 7.30pm on Wednesday and local authorities began tracing the route overnight but were unable to locate him. The Daily Mail reported that by midday on Thursday every emergency service in Greece had been seconded by local authorities to find Dr Mosley.

Reports suggested the Hellenic coast guard is checking the coast and the seas, and the fire brigade is searching the remote island’s forests and hills. A search and rescue team using drones has also been sent to the scene.

A police source told the Mail: “We are focusing on the area of the path we believe Michael would have taken from the beach in Ayios Nikolaos to Pedi but as so much time has elapsed since he went missing we have also expanded our search to other parts of the island. Right now there are four police, eight firemen, a drone and seven volunteers involved in the operation.”

A community Facebook group on Symi appealed for information and uploaded a picture of Dr Mosley in shorts, a blue polo shirt, baseball cap and sunglasses. They wrote: “Have you seen this man? He set off to walk back from St Nick’s at about 13.30 and failed to make it home. His friends are concerned as it is 6 hours since they last saw him. His name is Dr Mike Mosley and he is a familiar face for many British people as he has appeared on the BBC. The police and coast guard have been informed EMAK, the island’s rescue team, is also involved.”

Senior Police Spokesman Constantina Dimoglidou told the Daily Mail: “He was at the beach of Ag. Nikolas with another couple when he decided to go back to his home in the area of Pedi of Symi. It was around 1.30pm and he forgot his phone at the beach. Any and every attempt to track him down has not produced any result.

“We have now asked the fire brigade to assist in the operation in the case that he may have slipped, tripped, fallen, even bitten by a snake, remaining injured somewhere.” Dr Mosley was on holiday with his wife after they completed a nationwide tour together called: ‘Eat well, sleep better, live longer’. He is well known for his diet advice including his intermittent fasting plans, The Fast 800 and the 5:2 Diet, as well as advocating low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets.

He also published a book on using diet to improve sleep, called Fast Asleep, after revealing he suffered from chronic insomnia.

Mosley is also a columnist for the Daily Mail and has made a number of films about diet and exercise among his documentaries. The 67-year-old broadcaster did the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I’m A Doctor.

He also lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites on BBC Four. Mosley has been given an Emmy nod for BBC science documentary The Human Face, presented by John Cleese and featuring a raft of human faces including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and David Attenborough.

He also advocated for intermittent fasting through the 5:2 diet and The Fast 800 diet. Mosley has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, also a doctor, author and health columnist, who wrote the recipe book Fast 800 Easy.

The couple, who have hosted theatre show tours together, recently attended the Hay Festival where Mosley presented a special edition of his Radio 4 series and podcast Just One Thing.