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More police join search for missing TV doctor

A British TV doctor was reported missing in Greek island of Symi. PHOTO/Pexels.
A British TV doctor was reported missing in Greek island of Symi. PHOTO/Pexels.

The search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley has resumed with police reinforcements after he went missing on the Greek island of Symi.

A local Facebook group said Mosley, known for appearing on programmes like; This Morning and The One Show, went for a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach at about 1.30 pm Greek time on Wednesday.

Police and firefighters have since used drones to scan the island, which is about 25 miles north of Rhodes, while a helicopter was deployed at about 7 pm local time on Thursday.

The search was paused overnight, but police said “more men will be coming” when it resumed this morning.

“The search continues today with seven firefighters, one drone checking the wider area, and we are cooperating with the Hellenic Police Office,” a spokesperson for the Greek fire services said.

They also confirmed police are using sniffer dogs in the search for the missing Briton.

Wife reports missing doc

A statement from local police, which has been translated, said officers were informed about the “disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island” two days ago. It is reported Mosley’s wife raised the alarm then.

Police then asked for assistance from the Greek fire service, with firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team arriving from Rhodes at about 2 pm on Thursday.

The rescue operation is focusing on the Pedi area of the island after a woman reported seeing him there on Wednesday.

Another woman in the area said Mosley’s disappearance was “strange” as the path he was thought to be on was “clear”.

A television studio. PHOTO/Pexels.

“It’s a quiet place… if you see the map of the area it’s a clear path, it’s nothing dangerous,” she said.

“Many people go every day, every few minutes, that’s the reason it’s very strange because it’s a clear path.”

Adriana Shum, who shared the Facebook appeal yesterday, said in a later comment on the social media post that Mosley reportedly “left his phone at his accommodation”.

“The police, coastguard and EDOK, the mountain rescue people, are all searching plus all the locals are aware and keeping a lookout,” she wrote.

“These days it should be pretty difficult to get lost on Symi as so many of the paths have surfaced and there is a lot more activity even in the most remote areas,” she added.

Before the search was halted on Thursday night, she wrote: “Apparently he was sighted at Kamares so he made it that far.

“My husband has just spent 2 hours searching every public route in the valley by torchlight, calling his name, and has now joined EDOK to continue the search.”

Missing doctor, a columnist

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who is missing in Greece and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Mosley is known for being a columnist for the Daily Mail and has made a number of films about diet and exercise.

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.

Trust Me I’m A Doctor star Saleyha Ahsan wrote on social media the news was “shocking” and she was hoping Mosley would be “found safe”.

“I literally feel sick with worry,” Ahsan added. “Don’t even know what to say.”

On Thursday’s edition of The One Show, presenter Alex Jones opened the programme by saying that “lots of us are concerned to hear our friend Michael Mosley has gone missing whilst on holiday in Greece”.

“Our thoughts are very much with his wife Clare and the rest of his family at this worrying time. We hope for more positive news,” she added.

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