Michael Mosley: Last known movements of missing TV doctor and what might have happened as new CCTV released

A major search operation is under way to find TV doctor Michael Mosley on the Greek island of Symi after he was reported missing by his wife.

Police officers are scouring the island, with drones and a helicopter being deployed in an effort to find the health expert and presenter.

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The rescue operation is focusing on the Pedi area of the island after a woman reported seeing him there shortly before he disappeared on Wednesday 5 June.

Here is what we know about his last known movements.

Wednesday - 1.30pm: Mosley goes for a walk from Saint Nikolas Beach on Symi, which is part of the Dodecanese island chain and is about 25 miles north of Rhodes.

Wednesday - 2pm: CCTV from a restaurant, located in Pedi, a small beachside town in a bay around 1.2km from Saint Nikolas Beach, picks up Mosley wearing a dark T-shirt, shorts and a cap, carrying an umbrella.

Wednesday - 2pm: Around the same time Mosley was captured on separate CCTV appearing to embark on a mountainous path heading inland.

Wednesday - 3pm: He has not returned to the hotel he is staying at with his wife Clare.

Wednesday - 7.30pm: Mosley's wife reportedly raises the alarm and Greek authorities start to retrace his route but do not find him.

Thursday - 11am: An appeal (which appears to have been first posted on Wednesday at 5.34pm) is updated in a local Facebook group called Friends of Symi, which includes a photograph of Mosley on a beach wearing a blue T-shirt, grey knee-length shorts, a blue baseball cap and dark sunglasses. He is pictured holding a green rucksack.

The post reads: "Have you seen this man? He set off to walk back from St Nick's at about 13.30 and failed to make it home."

It adds: "His name is Dr Mike Mosley and he is a familiar face for many British people." The edit reads: "So far he still has not been found and the search continues."

Thursday - 2pm: Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team are deployed from Rhodes to join the search.

Thursday - 7pm: A helicopter joins the search as Greek authorities continue to scour the coast.

Thursday night: Greek police say the search is being paused, but "more men will be coming" on Friday morning. Before the search is halted, Adriana Shum, the person to share the Facebook appeal, says in a comment on the social media post: "Apparently he was sighted at Kamares so he made it that far." She adds Mosley reportedly "left his phone at his accommodation".

Friday - 7am: Police confirm the search has resumed.

Friday morning: The local mayor's office says islanders, a helicopter from Rhodes and Greek officers, along with police drafted in from outside the island, are searching the Pedi area and surroundings. The rescue operation is focusing on that area of the island after a woman reported seeing Mosley there on Wednesday.

Friday - later: Divers are "looking in the water" for Mosley, Symi's deputy mayor says.

Symi's coastguard says around five patrol boats, as well as private and commercial vessels in the area, are also involved in the operation.

Saturday: Search teams shift their focus to a little-used mountainous path heading inland after Mosley was captured on CCTV on the edge of the small coastal town of Pedi, as rescuers warned it was "a race against time" to find him.

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What might have happened?

Police are considering all possibilities, including that Mosley had an accident or fall - or suffered a snake bite, Greek news website ekathimerini.com reported.

The area where the presenter went missing is considered "difficult, as it is quite rocky", Symi mayor Lefteris Papakalodoukas told the news website.

He described the heat on the island on Wednesday as "unbearable and one could easily faint in such conditions".

The mayor added that Mosley "wanted to walk back from the beach, but that's a distance of about an hour-and-a-half", adding: "There are shortcuts he may have taken."

A woman in the Pedi area of the island, where the search has been focused, 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."

Mosley's career and medical background

Mosley, who was born in India before moving to England to attend boarding school aged seven, studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford.

He initially opted to become an investment banker but eventually retrained as a doctor, studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

After qualifying, he joined the BBC as a trainee assistant producer and has continued working with them for nearly 30 years, both as a producer and presenter.

Mosley is married to Clare Bailey, who is also a doctor, health columnist and author, and has four children.

TV work

The 67-year-old has been a regular fixture of British television for nearly two decades, and has appeared in more than a dozen programmes for the BBC alone.

He's made appearances on television programmes including This Morning and The One Show, and fronted his own TV shows for Channel 4 called Secrets Of Your Big Shop and Who Made Britain Fat?

The latter, released in 2022, looked at why the UK is losing its battle with obesity after 30 years of government schemes trying to tackle the issue.

Mosley has also been a presenter on the BBC series Trust Me, I'm a Doctor and hosts the Just One Thing podcast.

In one of his most notable TV appearances, Mosley lived with tapeworms in his gut for six weeks for the documentary Infested! Living With Parasites.

It was one of many unusual experiments he's carried out on himself during his TV work, including eating a black pudding made with his own blood and injecting snake venom into his blood to see how it clotted in the BBC documentary The Wonderful World Of Blood.

His programmes have received Emmy, BAFTA and Royal Television Society award nominations and he was named "medical journalist of the year" by the British Medical Association in 1995.

Other media work

Mosley has written columns for The Mail On Sunday, The Times and The Independent. He is also a regular columnist for Focus magazine and Eureka.

He's authored several books including The Fast 800, The Clever Guts Diet, The Fast Diet, Fast Exercise and The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet.

While most of his work is health-related, Mosley has also been the executive producer of popular science and history programmes including Pompeii - The Last Day, and business programmes such as Trouble At The Top.

He was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 for his executive producer role on BBC science documentary The Human Face, presented by John Cleese and featuring a raft of famous faces including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and David Attenborough.

The broadcaster also hosts a Radio 4 podcast titled Just One Thing, where he reveals tips to help improve your health.

He recorded a special edition of the show, which has run for more than 100 episodes, at the Hay Festival on 25 May with Professor Tanya Byron.

The 5:2 diet

Mosley is also credited for the rising popularity of the 5:2 diet for losing weight, which involves fasting for two days per week.

He highlighted the form of intermittent fasting in his 2013 book The Fast Diet, which he co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer.

The diet permits you to eat normally five days of the week but fast on the other two by reducing your calories to only 500-600 calories per day.