Search for Michael Mosley is 'race against time' as family fly-out to Symi

Dr Michael Mosley
-Credit: (Image: (Image: Instagram ))

The search for TV's Dr. Michael Mosley has escalated into a 'race against time' as his family heads to the Greek island of Symi. Search teams have intensified their efforts, now concentrating on an "uncharted" mountain trail in hopes of finding the popular health expert, who is a regular face on The One Show and This Morning.

The esteemed 67 year old doctor sparked a major search operation involving divers, coastguards, and local fishermen after he vanished during a walk while vacationing on the picturesque island.

After scrutinising footage from his last known whereabouts on Wednesday (5 June), search specialists suspect that Dr. Mosley may have strayed off course on his return to a friend's accommodation, reports the Daily Star.

It now seems less probable that Dr. Mosley ended up in the sea, as his final recorded movements indicate he left the coastal path he was following.

The search has shifted to focus on what could be a perilous stretch of mountain terrain, described by one rescuer as "not easy to follow."

A rescue team member noted that even for a fit individual, navigating to the intended destination would take at least three hours.

She said: "The path is not easy to follow, if he took a wrong turn, he would be lost. He could be anywhere. It is a race against time."

Dr. Mosley's wife, Dr. Clare Bailey, sounded the alarm with emergency services when her husband failed to return from his walk near St Nicholas Beach.

Dr Mosley's four children have now flown out in a bid to help locate their missing father, who was last seen strolling past a cafe just half an hour after informing his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, of his plans to walk back.

He was dressed in a blue shirt, hat and shorts, and was carrying a purple umbrella to protect himself from the sun. A police official has stated that the dangerous mountain route is the first "solid lead" that the rescue team have.

They suspect that Dr Mosley "lost his way and ended up on this windy, uncharted path that links the two regions of Pedi and [Symi town], winding through a craggy mountain." The search was halted at 8pm Greek time as night fell, but will recommence this morning (Saturday, June 8).