Grim theory regarding Michael Mosley’s fate as search to enter third day

A picture of Mosley was shared on a local Facebook group to appeal for any sightings.

A picture of Mosley was shared on a local Facebook group to appeal for any sightings. Photo: Facebook

With the search for Michael Mosley poised to resume, the mayor the Greek island where the TV doctor disappeared has put forward a grim theory.

Despite an increasingly extensive search – with with fire officers, police search teams, dogs, helicopters, drones and local volunteers – there has been no sign of the 67-year-old on the small island of Symi.

Local mayor Eleftherios Papakalodoukas was sceptical about the chances of finding Mosley in the search 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,” Papakalodoukas told BBC.

Greek police said Mosley left his wife on the beach and set off on a walk to the centre of the island of Symi on Wednesday local time.

He apparently left his phone at their accommodation.

Police say Mosley took a coastal path, which is about 1.5 kilometres long and takes about 20 minutes to walk. 

Mosley’s wife, Claire, reported him missing on Thursday morning after he did not return.

Police say they will change their tactics and expand their resources as the search enters a third day, with new areas of the island to be explored and promising “more men will be coming”.

Police initially believed the Mosley had “fallen from a height” after his walk along the St Nicholas Beach in 37-degree heat.

An apparent sighting by a witness shifted much of the search to the Pedi beachfront and surrounds.

Fallen into the sea

Papakalodoukas said he believed it was likely Mosley either “followed another path” to the one being searched or had fallen into the sea.

He said the path Mosely is thought to have take would have been treacherous as temperatures soared.

If he wasn’t carrying water, the risk of dehydration and fainting would have been high, the mayor said.

Search deadline

The search for Mosley has been given a deadline of five more days, after which it may need to be halted unless there was additional support from Greece or the UK, Papakalodoukas told British broadcaster LBC.

The search has not been helped by conflicting witness reports claiming to have seen the celebrity doctor on different parts of the island at the same time.

The extreme heat is also playing a part in hampering the efforts of rescuers on the rugged island.

Temperatures on Symi are forecast to reach as high as 48 degrees on Friday local time and an extreme heat warning has been issued.

Mosley is well known to audiences in the UK and Australia for various TV programs, including the BBC series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor. He also popularised the 5:2 diet, which endorses intermittent fasting.

Mosley is a columnist for the Daily Mail newspaper and has made several films about diet and exercise.

A statement from local police, which has been translated, said they were informed about the “disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island” on Wednesday.

Symi is a sparsely populated rocky island about 16 kilometres long with about 2500 residents on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea about 6.5 kilometres from Turkey.


The area Mosley was walking can be challenging. Photo: Facebook/St.Nicholas symi

A local Facebook group said Mosley went for a walk from Saint Nikolas Bay at about 1.30pm Greek time on Wednesday. He still had not returned by Thursday morning.

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

Mosley received an Emmy for BBC science documentary The Human Face, presented by John Cleese and featuring a raft of human faces including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and Sir David Attenborough.

Mosley has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, also a doctor, author and health columnist, who wrote the recipe book Fast 800 Easy.

Topics: Greece
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