Michael Mosley ‘seen by witnesses after coastal walk' as search for missing TV doc intensifies

Michael Mosley has been reportedly spotted alive in a residential area, just 15 minutes away from his last known location. The TV doctor and This Morning star, 67, disappeared while on a hike at Agios Nikolaos beach on the Greek island of Symi on Wednesday, 5 June.

A massive search operation is underway for Dr Mosley, who was holidaying with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, 62. After he went missing, his wife quickly alerted the authorities.

Today, police have been intensively searching the region, deploying drones, engaging at least one sniffer dog, and even a helicopter to aid in the search.

Lefteris Papakalodoukas, the mayor of the island, has said that there have been sightings of Dr Mosley in Pedi, the closest town which is roughly a 15-minute stroll from where he was last seen. Speaking to Live News, the mayor said: "The whole island is in turmoil. The volunteers of the island and the services are out looking to find him."

He further relayed information suggesting that Dr Mosley had made it back from Agios Nikolaos beach, traversed the footpath which takes about 10-15 minutes, and reached Pedi, a residential zone, reports the Mirror.

According to the mayor, some witnesses have reported seeing Dr Mosley conversing with a woman after he left the beach, while others claimed to have seen him talking to a man in Pedi.

In a statement, a high-ranking Greek official assured that "no stone" would be left unturned in the quest to locate the British national. It's believed that Dr Mosley might have either forgotten his phone or accidentally left it behind at Agios Nikolaos beach before embarking on his walk.

Michael Mosley
Michael Mosley

The beach is situated approximately a 20-minute walk from the house where Dr Mosley and his wife were guests.

A Greek official told The Sun: "Since this morning we have had all available forces out there on the island and we have asked to bring in specially trained dogs and even a helicopter from Athens for back up too. No stone will be left unturned. Symi is a small island, he can't just have disappeared."

The search for the well-known doctor, famous for his 2013 book The Fast Diet, co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer, involved police, firefighters, civil protection personnel and volunteers. His diet plan, known as the 5:2 diet, proposed a method of rapid weight loss by restricting calorie intake for two days a week while maintaining a healthy diet for the remaining five days.

Following the success of the 5:2 diet, he introduced the Fast 800 diet, another quick weight loss program that involves limiting daily calorie intake to 800 for at least two weeks before transitioning to the 5:2 program. He also hosted the Channel 4 show Michael Mosley: Who Made Britain Fat? and was part of the BBC series Trust Me, I'm A Doctor.

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."