Michael Mosley: Search teams withdraw sniffer dog 'over fears it's too hot'

Picture released of Michael Mosley taken before he went on the walk he disappeared on
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Michael Mosley search teams using a sniffer dog have reportedly left the search location and returned to Athens. This may be due to concerns regarding the dog's health.

Mosley was last seen walking through the town of Pedi on the Aegean island of Symi on Wednesday, roughly 20 minutes after departing from St Nickolas beach on a hiking trail. While many suspected he might have encountered issues during his hike, by Saturday night, searchers shifted their attention to a cave system known as The Abyss where they believe he may have gone.

BBC correspondent Joe Inwood, broadcasting live from Symi on BBC Breakfast on Sunday morning, reported: "The authorities have said that they will continue the search, they will continue to look for Michael Mosley until he is found, but the longer it goes on the more that hope will dwindle I'm sorry to say."

In a recent update, he revealed: "Another thing we've learned this morning is that the search and rescue dog who had been on the hillside is being sent back to Athens. Now that could be a sign that they are winding down, but it's also being reported that it's so hot here that the dog has been burning its paws on the hillside and so can't work because of the heat. Now we don't know which of those it is but that is a development we've had in the last hour or so."

Despite this, helicopters, drones, dogs and several emergency responders continue to comb the Dodecanese Island. Local law enforcement was made aware of the 67 year old British national's disappearance on the island last Wednesday, reports the Mirror.

The Fire Brigade, with the support of the Hellenic Police, Civil Protection, volunteers and a police dog, are conducting a search for Dr Mosley. Drones are also being utilised in the search efforts.

Dr Mosley was last seen on CCTV at a grey-stoned house near a harbour on the island. It's believed he may have taken a steep uphill concrete road. At the end of this road, a small path leads into a rocky landscape with sparse vegetation, mainly thistles and dry grass.

Symi's mayor, Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, has pledged to continue the extensive search operation involving police, firefighters with drones, and divers. The long-serving mayor, speaking through a translator, questioned how anyone could survive in the heat that exceeded 40C on the day the 'Trust Me, I'm A Doctor' presenter disappeared.