Symi mayor shares latest details about body found in the search for Dr Michael Mosley

Agia Marina, Symi
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The mayor of the Greek island of Symi has detailed everything that is known about the time and location a body was found in during the search for TV personality Dr Michael Mosley. The search effort has been widespread and has included firefighters, dogs, helicopters, drones, local people and officers from in and outside the island.

Dr Mosley, known for popularising the 5:2 diet and for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, had been missing for five days after vanishing while on holiday. The 67-year-old was last seen by friends at the Agios beach on Wednesday before going for a walk.

His wife, Dr Clare Bailey, informed police when he didn't return after six hours. She referred to the ongoing situation as the "longest and most unbearable days" for her and their four children in a statement issued on Saturday.

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Dr Michael Mosley with wife Clare
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Agia Marina in Symi, Greece
Agia Marina in Symi, Greece -Credit:PA

The discovery of the body, which is yet to be formally identified, was discovered beneath a fence that runs around the bar on Agia Marina beach, which is surrounded by hilly and rocky terrain that runs down to the sea. It is close to where children play in the water at the fenced-off compound.

The body, along with an umbrella, was found around 90 metres inland from the coastline. Helicopters have searched the area "every day", staff at the bar said. A police source told BBC News the deceased had been dead "for a number of days"

The intense rescue effort initially kicked off near Pedi Bay and then moved to a set of tunnels, which are notoriously known to be "bottomless" and located closely by Agia Marina. Saturday saw emergency teams searching across a 6.5km radius on a giant tract of land surrounded by sea.

Emergency services on a boat at Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered
Emergency services on a boat at Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered -Credit:PA
Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered during a search and rescue operation for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley
Agia Marina in Symi, Greece, where a body has been discovered during a search and rescue operation for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley -Credit:PA

Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, the mayor of Symi, said that the body was found 10 metres from the sea. He said the body appeared to have fallen down a steep slope, stopping against a fence and lying face-up with a few rocks on top of it.

He said the health expert most likely died of heat stroke and exhaustion just a few meters before reaching a safer spot. Mr Papakaloudoukas said the area is “difficult to pass” and is “only rocks” and has many snakes. He said the body did not seem to show any injury.

A cameraman with the Greek broadcaster ERT said that the body had a leather bag in one hand and an umbrella close beside it. Tributes have been paid to Dr Mosley with many describing him as a hero.

Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38, first saw the body after the island's mayor "saw something" by the fence of the bar and alerted staff. They saw it with the boat. The mayor came and saw something so that is when they called me and said 'hey they saw something go and check there," he said, according to PA.

Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38
Agia Marina bar manager Ilias Tsavaris, 38 -Credit:PA

"They called me, they said 'you know what we saw something from far away can you go and check' so I went there. So when I walked up I saw something like a body to make sure. You don't see a dead body every day, it is not a warzone, it's summer you are supposed to have fun and swimming.

"He came from Pedi OK, and he walked not through the restaurant. If he had walked through there (the bar) we would have checked the cameras."

A British tourist said the body found during the search for Michael Mosley was "so close" to shelter.

Sindy Seenarine, 50, who has visited Symi twice a year for 14 years said the high temperatures were unusual for this time of year. She added: "The tragedy is he was so close to shelter, maybe he was desperately trying to get here?"

The seaside bar near where the body was found on the island of Symi is in a large compound surrounded by a high fence made of wire and stone. Outside the compound there is no shelter or shade from the relentless heat. People are still playing in the sea and taking photos of one another by sunbeds as police and coastguards investigate the discovery about 90 metres away.