Devastating details emerge of Michael Mosley’s final moments

Cameraman Antonios Mystilovlou on finding Mosley

Source: Sky News

British TV doctor Michael Mosley apparently lay down in a position used to prevent fainting in the minutes before he died of “natural causes”, it has emerged.

The 67-year-old journalist and presenter is thought to have followed routine health advice to lie down with his legs raised, as this helps stop fainting.

He was just 90 seconds – or less than 80 metres – from help after his hilltop trek in searing heat.

Mosley’s body was found on Sunday in a rocky area near Agia Marina beach on the island of Symi, four days after his disappearance was reported on Wednesday.

It also estimated that he died about 4pm on Wednesday. He had left friends on the island’s Agios Nikolaos beach about 1.30pm to go for a walk in temperatures of up to 40 degrees.

An initial autopsy confirmed there were no injuries on his body, Greek police spokeswoman Konstantia Dimoglidou told the BBC.

Police sources have told British media there were no indications that Mosley had hit his head or collapsed while walking.

Rather, it appears he was following routine advice from Britain’s National Health Service advice to prevent fainting. He had walked in the heat for more than two hours, and was found in a shaded spot by a wall, having taken off his backpack.

Footage reportedly found by a beach bar at Agia Marina shows what appears to be Mosley making his way down a rocky slope close to a fence before he falls out of view.

His body was found by local searchers, including journalists.

Cameraman Antonios Mystilovlou told Britain’s Sky News how the search party used an iPhone to snap a shot of his screen and zoom in to confirm it was indeed a man “lying down” with “his hand on his belly”.

“The description is exactly of the guy we were looking for,” a clearly emotional Mystilovlou said.

A few minutes later he looked more closely at his footage.

“There was the body. He was laying down with his hand on his belly and he’s carrying his bag in his other hand,” he told Sky News.

Symi mayor Lefteris Papakaloudoukas told Britain’s Express newspaper that the island was “in complete shock”.

“Everyone wanted to find him alive. It’s been hard, very hard and no one ever thought we’d ever find him where we did, so near to the beach,” he said.

Members of the Symi crisis rescue volunteer team have also expressed their “deepest condolences” to Mosley’s wife, children and friends “for his tragic loss”.

“Our team was called in by island authorities to assist in the search investigation on the very first night of his disappearance and we immediately began with a first night search,” a statement said.

“We continued all the coming days to participate in the investigations together with firefighters, police officers and other volunteers, as always directed by the head of the investigation.

“High temperatures and rough spots made this mission particularly difficult, and unfortunately, the outcome was one we all know.”

Downing Street said Mosley was an “extraordinary broadcaster” who had a “huge impact” on people’s lives.

Earlier on Monday, Mosley’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor co-star Dr Saleyha Ahsan paid tribute to her “mentor and a friend”.

“The way that I got to know him on screen, that really personable, accessible character that he comes across on television, that’s exactly how he was in real life and how he was with me,” Dr Ahsan told BBC Breakfast.

“He instantly put me at ease, settled me down, and we got on with the job. And I forgot about the cameras and the lights, we just had a really good conversation.

“He just had this ability to break down the complex and make it accessible to all.”

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “The reports from the weekend are heartbreaking and our thoughts are with Dr Michael Mosley’s family, his wife Clare and friends, in what must be deeply sad times.

“We have seen some incredibly touching tributes, which have made clear the huge impact that Dr Mosley had on people and helped to transform people’s lives for the better.

“He will be known as an extraordinary broadcaster who used his platform to influence and change the way we think about many public health issues.”

Calypso Haggett, chief executive of The Fast 800 weight-loss program, an intermittent fasting diet that Mosley popularised, said he was a “shining light for the whole team” and his “incredible legacy” will “energise a continuous movement for better health”.

“He and his work motivated us every day and we remain so inspired by his energy, passion, humour, knowledge and kindness,” she said.

“He was a great communicator and had a unique ability to convey complex messages in a simple, easy-to-understand way that encouraged many people to make positive changes in their lives. I know this is how he will be remembered.

“I had the great privilege of knowing Michael both professionally and personally. He really, truly was one of a kind and will be terribly missed by everyone.”

-with AAP

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