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TV doctor missing on Greek island

Renowned British journalist Michael Mosley is missing after taking a solo coastal walk on the Greek island of Symi, police have confirmed.

The television doctor was last seen at 1.30pm (local time) on Wednesday when he took a short walk along a path linking Agios Nikolaos beach to the village of Pedi, an official said.

His wife, Doctor Claire Bailey, reported him missing on Thursday morning.

A search operation was launched by police, coast guard and fire brigades on the small island in the eastern Aegean Sea near Turkey, another official said.

Mosley, 67, is a broadcaster known in Britain for his programs including the BBC series Trust me, I’m a doctor.

He also appeared on the BBC The one show and ITVs This morning.

He popularized the 5:2 diet, which supports intermittent fasting, and has co-authored cookbooks with his wife.

A firefighting team was deployed from the nearby island of Rhodes and used drones to find him.

Police have also requested a helicopter, the first official said.

Symi is a sparsely populated rocky island of about 17 km long with about 2500 inhabitants.