Police search for missing TV doctor Michael Mosley on Greek island

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Greek authorities - including drones - are searching for TV doctor Michael Mosley, after he went missing while holidaying on the Greek island of Symi.

A statement from police, which has been translated, said they were informed about the “disappearance of the 67-year-old British national on the island” on Wednesday.

The statement continued that an "investigation" was opened to find Dr Mosley, who is known for his appearances on The One Show and This Morning.

A helicopter was also deployed to assist the search at around 7pm local time (5pm BST) on Thursday.

Dr Mosley, who regularly appears on ITV's This Morning, disappeared after going for a walk on holiday. ITV News Reporter Martha Fairlie explains the latest developments

A search is also being “carried out by the Fire Brigade with the assistance of forces of the Hellenic Police, Civil Protection [a local and regional coordination agency], volunteers and a police dog, while technical means such as drones are also used to locate the missing person”.

Fire services said they were asked by police on Thursday at about 11.15am to help the search.

Six firefighters, a vehicle and a drone team were sent from the nearby island of Rhodes to help, arriving in Symi at about 2pm.

"A search and rescue team is coming from Athens with drones and other more sophisticated equipment to extend the search. They are expected to arrive by about 1pm," a post on the community Facebook group Friend of Symi said.

"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. His friends are concerned as it is 6 hours since they last saw him.

"His name is Dr Mike Mosley and he is a familiar face for many British people as he has appeared on the BBC," the post originally said, as the writer appealed for information as to his whereabouts.

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Mosley is also a columnist for the Daily Mail, and has made a number of films about diet and exercise among his documentaries. He is also credited as being the inventor of the 5:2 diet.

Mosley has four children with his wife Clare Bailey Mosley, also a doctor, author and health columnist, who wrote the recipe book Fast 800 Easy.

The couple, who have hosted theatre show tours together, recently attended the Hay Festival where Mosley presented a special edition of his Radio 4 series and podcast Just One Thing.

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.”

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