Wife of missing TV doctor Michael Mosley issues desperate appeal and vows 'we will not lose hope'

Michael went missing this week
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The wife of the missing 67 year old Michael Mosley has made a heartfelt pledge to continue the search for her husband, stating: "We will not lose hope."

Dr Clare Bailey, aged 62, has spoken out for the first time since her husband, a well-known TV doctor, vanished on the Greek island of Symi. She expressed the family's distress, saying: "It has been three days since Michael left the beach to go for a walk."

She described the ordeal as the "the longest and most unbearable days for myself and my children." She added: "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."

Yesterday saw the couple's four adult children Alexander, Jack, Daniel, and Katherine following the route their father took before he disappeared. Accompanied by a few friends, they scoured a two-mile stretch between Pedi and Agia Marina in hopes of finding any trace of him, reports the Irish Mirror.

Manolis Tsiboukas, who is in charge of civil alerts in Greece, commented on the family's distress, saying: "They are stressing so much for their father. They want to find him as soon as possible."

Search team in Symi, Greece, where a search and rescue operation is under way for TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley

The search efforts are concentrated on a rugged terrain under the sweltering heat of 40C. Additionally, firefighters are searching through a network of tunnels known locally as 'the abyss'.

Eleftherios Papakaloudoukas, the mayor of the island, provided some insight into Mosley's last known movements: "We know he came through Pedi and then walked towards Agia Marina. It is about two miles and a harder walk than from St. Nikolas."

"If he did try and walk that way to Symi, then that is a big mistake. There are also many troubling questions here. Why did he leave the beach and his wife and friends? Why did he not take his telephone? From the CCTV footage, it's also clear he didn't stop for a drink in Pedi or take a rest."

"He seemed to be walking very determinedly. Surely it would have been better to stop and have a coffee or some water but, no, he decided to carry on."

Yesterday's search efforts for the missing man intensified as helicopters, police, and rescuers, including Red Cross volunteers from Kos, scoured the area. The punishing heat was described by one team finishing their shift as nearly insufferable.

The mayor reported that even the sniffer dogs from Athens were suffering in the sweltering conditions, with one dog becoming exhausted after just an hour.

However, the mayor has assured that the search will continue, mentioning that a thermal-imaging helicopter is due to join the effort soon. He explained: "We are searching an area of around 6.5km in the mountains. There are only rocks, no shade, no trees. With 47C heat, you can't survive."

British holidaymakers have also stepped in to help with the search. Jan Brownsort, 68, and her friend Sue, 70, recounted: "We did the walk from Symi town. We knew the area because we had just walked it so when we heard, we thought, 'Let's go and do the walk again and look'."

"We could see the area they were searching from where we're staying."

Officials are exploring various possibilities regarding Dr Mosley's disappearance, including the chance that he might have fallen from a cliff or suffered a snake bite. CCTV captured an individual believed to be him, carrying a purple umbrella and located just over a mile from where he began his journey.

Dr Mosley and his spouse were residing at a vacation home near Symi, the principal harbour on the island, which spans only 25 miles square and has a population of about 2,500.

His wife sounded the alarm when he did not return by 7.30pm on Wednesday. Following his vanishing, the son of a Welshman who similarly disappeared while trekking on a Greek island five years ago has encouraged the Mosleys to persist in their search.

John Tossell, aged 78 from Bridgend, was last seen when he set out to visit a monastery on Mount Skopos in Zakynthos.

Gary, his son, spoke to Sky News saying: "When I read the story it's like a cut and paste of my father. I wish nothing but love to the Mosley family as I know exactly what they're going through. I want to tell them not to give up."

Born in Kolkata, India, Dr Mosley initially pursued a career in investment banking before switching to medicine.

Subsequently, he joined the BBC as a trainee assistant producer, made appearances on The One Show, ITV's This Morning, and recently concluded a nationwide tour titled Eat Well, Sleep Better, Live Longer alongside his wife.

Having been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which he later managed to reverse, Dr Mosley is a proponent of intermittent fasting diets such as the 5:2 diet and The Fast 800 diet.

He has sold more than two million books and was also given an Emmy nod for BBC science documentary The Human Face. He also presented Channel 4 show, Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat?