Michael Mosley search intensifies as cops and firefighters scour 'Abyss' cave tunnels

-Credit: (Image: Tim Merry/Mirror Express)
-Credit: (Image: Tim Merry/Mirror Express)


Police and firefighters have taken their search to find missing doctor Michael Mosley to the next level as they scour cave tunnels known locally as "The Abyss".

The TV doctor went missing after going for a walk on the Greek island of Symi on Wednesday, with local authorities launching a search later that day.

As the rescue operation heightened on its fourth day, fire crews were sent to look inside a group of water-filled tunnels near Agia Marina.

Authorities are concerned that Dr Mosley could have taken a "wrong turn" onto the "dangerous" path. Authorities initially focused their search on Pedi Bay after a woman reported that she spotted the doctor nearby, reports the Mirror.

However, the rescue operation is now concentrated close to the "bottomless" network of tunnels which "can spread for kilometres".

A waiter who works close by told The Telegraph: “It’s like a deep system of tunnels, but it is full of water and can spread for kilometres. If there is a hole and you fall, you lose your sense of balance and drown there. There is a reason they call it 'The ‘Abyss. There is something very strange going on.”

The eerie warning comes shortly after Symi's deputy mayor Nikitas Gryllis stressed how difficult the search will be around the rocky area.

He told Greek news outlet News.gr."It is a strange area, a mountain with many blind and dangerous spots, which must be combed meter by meter.

Locals, dogs, police, divers and fire crews have been searching relentlessly for the doctor, with his family also joining in the search. His wife, Dr Clare Bailey, said their family “will not lose hope” as their four children have also joined the operation.

In her statement, Dr Bailey Mosley said: “It has been three days since Michael left the beach to go for a walk. The longest and most unbearable days for myself and my children.

"The search is ongoing and our family are so incredibly grateful to the people of Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate who are working tirelessly to help find Michael. We will not lose hope”.

CCTV appears to show Mosley walking unimpeded with an umbrella near to the marina in the village of Pedi in Symi. Previous footage from a house at the edge of Pedi’s small marina showed the presenter walking towards a mountainous path at about 2pm local time on Wednesday.

The mayor of Symi, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, said the area where Mosley is believed to have travelled through is “difficult to pass” and is “only rocks”, as well as being populated by “loads” of snakes.

The mayor of 22 years questioned how anyone could survive in the heat that topped 40C on the day Mosley disappeared.

The search to find Mosley was described as a “race against time” by one of the rescuers on Friday. Mr Papakaloudoukas said he hoped Mosley would be found “safe and alive”, adding: “All the community is so sad about this, (it has) never happened before.”

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