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British TV Doctor Found Dead on Symi Collapsed 100 Meters from Resort

A British doctor and TV presenter who pushed intermittent fasting collapsed just 100 meters (328 feet)  from a beach resort on the tiny Greek island of Symi, where his body was discovered by a TV crew and Mayor Eleftherios Papakalodoukas.

Dr. Michael Mosley, 67, reportedly “almost reached safety” after taking a wrong turn on a hike in near 100-degree temperatures under a broiling sun, having only an umbrella, backpack and bottle of water, but having left his cell phone behind.

A spokeswoman for the Greek police, Constantina Dimoglidou, said Papakalodoukas was on a boat patrolling the coast with reporters from the state TV channel ERT and saw the body, recognizing a blue shirt from security cameras.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/09/world/europe/michael-mosley-greece.html

ERT reporter Aristides Miaoulis said on air one of the crew’s cameramen “saw something strange near the fence, 50 meters (164 feet) from the sea” and that, “We discovered it was this man … He was lying down (on his back).”

His disappearance after he went on the walk wasn’t reported until six hours later, in early evening, by his wife, Dr. Clare Bailey, and set off an extensive hunt on land, sea and the air before his body was found near rocks not far from the resort.

No cause of death was given nor was it said whether he was in a period of fasting at the time, nor why he went on the walk along in the searing temperatures, apparently confusing his route to nearby Pedi, trekking far past it in a wrong turn.

His backpack was found approximately six meters (20 feet) uphill from his body, setting off theories about what happened to him and possible causes of death as he was within sight of safety.

The British newspaper The Sun said that possible explanations included that he was either trying to reach the resort or heading towards the sea to cool down before collapsing and injuring his head.

https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/dr-michael-moselys-body-found-in-greece-health-guru-nearly-made-it-to-safety/news-story/683c4108f9283e7f972cd0ade67a5b12

A coroner from the mainland went to the island and was said to have ruled out a suspicious death and CCTV footage captured him closing in on reaching the resort before he fell down at the base of a rocky hill, and not on a designated path.

The unreleased footage, as seen and reported by The Sun, showed him walking two hours and 15 minutes after he left St. Nikolas Beach to go to Pedi, where he was last seen before taking a wrong turn away from their accommodation in Symi town.

The walk from Pedi to Agia Marina where he was found and which can only be accessed by water taxi or foot usually takes 30 to 40 minutes, raising fears that he may have gotten lost, the paper said.

In the grainy clip referenced by the paper, someone is seen descending the hill and moving toward a wall before dropping, unclear whether it was from a fall or just sitting down in the brutal heat under the sun.

A customer can reportedly be seen in the restaurant area of the nearby beach bar, but didn’t seem to notice him within sight and the CCTV of him walking down the hill was looked at by the resort staff who didn’t spot him at the time.

The star of a BBC show, he waved goodbye to his wife and two close friends to go for a walk by himself, no explanation from her or them why he was setting off alone without a phone in such heat.

After mysteriously heading away from Symi town and toward Agia Marina he ended up on a long, hard hike up a difficult and barren landscape of rocks uphill and managed to get almost to the resort.

His devastated wife later stated in a release that, “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.”

She added that, “My family and I have been hugely comforted by the outpouring of love from people from around the world. It’s clear that Michael meant a huge amount to so many of you.”

She said that,  “We’re taking comfort in the fact that he so very nearly made it. He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team.”

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