CCTV footage shows Dr Michael Mosley collapsing shortly before death: Reports

Pip Christmass
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The wife of TV doctor Michael Mosley has spoken about the loss of her husband.

Reports have emerged that there is CCTV footage showing the moment Dr Michael Mosley collapsed shortly before his death.

The TV doctor and healthy eating advocate was found dead on the Greek island of Symi on Sunday morning local time after a four-day search.

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Mosley had been on the island with his wife, Dr Clare Bailey, when he went for a walk on a 37C Wednesday afternoon and never returned.

According to reports cited by PA (Press Association), CCTV footage from a bar near where Mosley’s body was found shows him making his way down a rocky slope close to a fence before he falls out of view.

The footage is reportedly from a beach bar at Agia Marina, just a short distance from where the TV personality collapsed.

Mosley’s widow said the 67-year-old had left Agios Nikolaos beach on Wednesday, then had undertaken an “incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen” by search crews.

The footage shows Dr Mosley slowly making his way down a rocky slope, falling out of the line of CCTV sight at 3.44pm local time on Wednesday, more than two hours after setting out on his climb.

The British broadcaster’s backpack was found 6m up the hill from his body.

This picture of Dr Michael Mosley was circulated on a local Facebook page after he went missing.
This picture of Dr Michael Mosley was circulated on a local Facebook page after he went missing. Credit: BBC
Mosley’s body is carried from the spot where it was found.
Mosley’s body is carried from the spot where it was found. Credit: Panormitis Chatzigiannakis/AP

The four-day search for Mosley included drones, sniffer dogs, police and volunteers on the ground as the small Greek island, population of approximately 2600, searched for the missing man.

“I don’t know quite where to begin with this,” his wife said in a heartbreaking statement released after Mosley’s body was found.

“It’s devastating to have lost Michael, my wonderful, funny, kind and brilliant husband.

“We had an incredibly lucky life together. We loved each other very much and were so happy together.

“I am incredibly proud of our children, their resilience and support over the past days.

“My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world.”

Dr Michael Mosley with wife Claire.
Dr Michael Mosley with wife Claire. Credit: ITV
Fire brigade personnel in the search for Michael Mosley on Symi
On Sunday, it was confirmed a body had been found in the search for missing TV presenter Michael Mosley on Greek island Symi. Credit: AAP

Questions are now being asked about why it took so long for Mosley’s body to be found.

On Thursday, the island’s mayor of 21 years, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, told the BBC it would be “impossible” for Mosley to still be missing on the island given its small size.

“It is a very small, controlled area, full of people,” Papakalodoukas said.

“So if something happened to him there, we would have found him by now.”

He said it was possible the TV doctor “followed another path” or had fallen into the sea.

The mountainous island, which is closer to Turkey than mainland Greece, is only about 60 square kilometres in size.

Search teams scoured the Greek island of Symi looking for Dr Michael Mosley.
Search teams scoured the Greek island of Symi looking for Dr Michael Mosley. Credit: PA via Getty Images

Police spokesperson Konstantina Dimoglou told The Sun that Mosley had been identified by his watch and clothes.

“He was found close to a cave,” Dimoglou said.

“How long he had survived there is hard to tell, but he had walked a very long way.

“He was close to where he wanted to get to.”

An initial coroner’s examination has ruled out foul play.

Further tests are due to be carried out in Rhodes to confirm a cause of death.

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