Divers are now searching for missing TV doctor and columnist Michael Mosley off the Greek island of Symi.

Mosley, 67, who is best known for his appearances on TV shows such as The One Show and This Morning, vanished while on holiday.

He was last seen on Wednesday (5 June) at around 13:30 local time when he set off on a walk from the middle of the island. A local later reported spotting him in the Pedi area.

Police began the search for Mosley on Wednesday night after he was reported missing.

Locals have been aiding in the search, which has seen firefighters and drones brought in from the nearby island of Rhodes.

The local police department restarted scouring the island for Mosley on Friday morning (7 June) after pausing the search-and-rescue operation on Thursday night (6 June).


Symi’s coast guard said: “All our patrol boats are searching … about five and also all the private boats, commercial boats know about the incident and they look for (him) also, in this area, (so this is) the private, the commercial and the patrol (boats looking).”

A spokesperson for the Greek fire service told PA: “The search continues today with seven firefighters, one drone checking the wider area, and we (are) co-operating with the Hellenic Police Office.”

The spokesperson also confirmed that Greek police are using sniffer dogs in the search.

Mayor of Symi Eleftherios Papakalodoukas previously revealed that firefighters had told him they believed it was ‘impossible’ Mosley would still be in the Pedi area.

“It is a very small, controlled area, full of people. So if something happened to him there, we would have found him by now,” he told the BBC.

An appeal was posted on Facebook after his disappearance.
Another woman in the area said Mosley’s disappearance was ‘strange’ as the path he was thought to have taken is ‘clear’.

She said: “It’s a quiet place … if you see the map of the area it’s a clear path, it’s nothing dangerous, many people go every day, every few minutes, that’s the reason it’s very strange because it’s a clear path.”

The area where Mosley went missing is experiencing hot temperatures, forecast to reach highs of 36C on Friday, according to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service. It also has a yellow weather warning for high temperatures in force in Rhodes and the surrounding islands including Symi.

Representatives for Mosley said the search was ongoing, telling the Mirror they are ‘very worried about him’.

The broadcaster fronted the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

He also lived with tapeworms in his gut for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites on BBC Four.

Mosley popularised intermittent fasting through the 5:2 diet and The Fast 800 diet.

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