Fears missing Michael Mosley is ‘trapped’ in underwater tunnels as search heightens for TV star

Doctor Michael Mosley is still missing on the island of Symi (Picture: Rex)

The search and rescue operation on the Greek island of Symi for TV doctor Michael Mosley is carrying on into Sunday and the hunt is becoming more dangerous.

A complicated cave complex known as ‘the abyss’ is now the focus of the search, as there are fresh fears the documentary presenter, 67, could be lost in an ‘endless’ underwater tunnel system.

The TV star set off for a coastal walk on Wednesday while on holiday on the tiny island but did not return, prompting several theories as to his whereabouts.

Initially, it was claimed his tracks were lost, however, stills from CCTV released on Friday appear to show him before he was declared missing having made it to the village of Pedi.

Mosley’s wife Dr Clare Bailey Mosley spoke out on Saturday, saying: ‘It has been three days since Michael left the beach to go for a walk. The longest and most unbearable days for myself and my children.

‘The search is ongoing and our family are so incredibly grateful to the people of Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate who are working tirelessly to help find Michael.

‘We will not lose hope.’

CCTV footage seen by the BBC and released on Saturday also appears to show Mosley walking away from Pedi, and towards the rocky hills.

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The search for Dr Michael Mosley has entered its fourth day, with rescue teams moving to the mountains (Picture: BBC)

His wife Dr Bailey originally raised the alarm when he didn’t return to their Pedi base from St Nikolas Beach at 7:30pm on Wednesday.

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A representative for Dr Michael Mosley told Metro.co.uk on Thursday: ‘We have no further information yet and are sitting tight hoping for some good news.’

The mayor of the island, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, has also spoken out, saying it’s ‘impossible’ that he still is where witnesses claim they saw him return from the beach, due to the small size of the area.

It’s now thought Moseley may have walked along a steep uphill concrete road from Pedi which leads to ‘very dangerous’ rocky terrain.

On day four, the search – which has been described as a ‘race against time’ – moved from the sea, and into the mountains.

Mosley appeared to be captured on CCTV having made it to the village of Pedi in footage released on Friday (Picture: REUTERS)

Mosley has presented multiple documentaries (Picture: BBC/Wingspan Productions/Dan Murdoch)

Dr Mosley went missing on Saint Nikolas Beach

On Friday’s Good Morning Britain, ITV presenter Kate Garraway described the situation as ‘very worrying’ as journalist Niki Kitsantonis, who is based in Greece, shared fears about what might have happened to him.

Speaking on the show, Niki Kitsantonis reported: ‘There are fears he might have slipped.

‘It’s quite rugged terrain in that area, and there are lots of high points you could slip off.

‘The mayor of the island is worried he was perhaps swept away at sea.’

Police have also said there has been ‘no trace of him’.

The searching for Mosley has been arduous and treacherous as temperatures on the tiny island have been reaching 40 degrees Celsius, adding to the fears of his safety.

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The Greek island of Symi where the TV personality and columnist has gone missing (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The Mayor of Symi Eleftherios Papakalodoukas also reportedly said: ‘He came back from the beach, some people saw him but then his tracks were lost.’

A familiar face on British TV, fans have shared their well-wishes for Mosley, and are hoping that he is found soon.

Metro.co.uk has contacted local authorities in Greece.

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