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Search for missing British celebrity enters fifth day on Greek island

Beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the island of Symi. June 7th 2024
Beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the island of Symi. June 7th 2024 Copyright Antonis Mystiloglou/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved
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By Daniel Bellamy with AP
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The search operation for missing British television presenter Michael Mosley is now focussed on a network of water-filled tunnels on Symi island.

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The search is now focussing on a rocky area near the coastal town of Agia Marina where there is a series of tunnels which locals know as "the abyss."

It's believed Mosley apparently set off on a walk on along a nearby coastal path on Wednesday afternoon and has been missing ever since. The last sighting of him comes from unverified CCTV footage which seems to show him walking in the nearby village of Pedi.

Authorities have also looked into whether he might have left the island altogether, but found no indication that anyone had travelled under his name.

Britain’s Foreign Office said it was in contact with Greek authorities over the search.

Mosley is well-known in Britain for his regular appearances on television and radio and for his column in the Daily Mail newspaper. He is known outside the U.K. for his 2013 book “The Fast Diet,” which he co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer. The “5:2 diet" set out how people can lose weight fast by minimizing their calorie intake for two days in a week while eating healthily on the other five.

He has subsequently introduced the Fast 800 diet, a rapid weight loss programme, and has made a number of films about diet and exercise.

Mosley has often pushed his body to extreme lengths to see the effects of his diets and also lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for the BBC documentary “Infested! Living With Parasites.”

Worried friends and colleagues expressed their shock over Mosley’s disappearance.

“This shocking news focusses our minds on Michael’s wife Clare and their sons,” said Roy Taylor, a professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University who co-authored “The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet” with Mosley. “Our thoughts are with them in this terrible time of uncertainty, hoping that he will be found safely.”

In 2002, Mosley was nominated for an Emmy for his executive producer role on the BBC science documentary “The Human Face,” which was presented by Monty Python star John Cleese and which featured a raft of famous faces including Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan and David Attenborough.

Mosley has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, who is also a doctor, author and health columnist.

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