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More officers to join search for Michael Mosley as his disappearance is described as ‘strange’

The search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley will continue on Friday with more officers, according to police on the Greek island of Symi.

A local Facebook group said Mosley, known for appearing on programmes like This Morning, went for a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach at about 1.30pm 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 7pm local time on Thursday.

The search for the 67-year-old has been paused for the night, but police said “more men will be coming” on Friday morning.

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” on Wednesday.

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

Dr Michael Mosley
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This image of Dr Mosley was shared in a local Facebook group appeal

It’s said 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 is “clear”.

“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.”

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.”

Dr Michael Mosley with wife Clare. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
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Dr Mosley with wife Clare. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

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Mosley, known for popularising the 5:2 diet and for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning, also hosts the Just One Thing health podcast for the BBC.

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.

Radio 2 presenter and Channel 5 talk show host Jeremy Vine wrote in a social media post: “I’m praying this lovely man is found and thinking of Claire and the whole Mosley family.”


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MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis wrote on X: “Feeling disturbed about the news about Dr Michael Mosley. I hope he’s ok.”

Mosley has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley.

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