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Rescuers searching for missing Michael Mosley are now searching a dangerous cave called ‘The Abyss’ amid fears the Mail columnist is trapped in an ‘endless’ system of underwater tunnels


Rescue teams desperately searching for missing Mail columnist Dr. Michael Mosley, they focus their search on a dangerous cave complex known as The Abyss.

Their efforts in a network of caves and ‘endless’ underwater tunnels turned up no trace of the TV medic yesterday, but his wife vowed the family would ‘not give up hope’ of finding him.

Clare Bailey spoke for the first time yesterday about the «longest and most excruciating days for me and my children» since her husband’s mysterious disappearance.

Greek police yesterday released new CCTV footage of Dr Mosley taken on Wednesday afternoon, the day he disappeared on the island of Symi.

With an umbrella in hand to protect himself from the 35°C (95°F) heat, he walked purposefully towards the mountain path.

New CCTV appears to show Mail columnist Michael Mosley walking towards the rocky hills from the town of Pedi on Wednesday

The health expert, pictured with his wife Clare Bailey, has not been seen since he went for a walk on the green island of Symi.

The health expert, pictured with his wife Clare Bailey, has not been seen since he went for a walk on the green island of Symi.

Volunteers walk the mountain paths on Symi where Michael Mosley may have gone after he disappeared on Wednesday

Volunteers walk the mountain paths on Symi where Michael Mosley may have gone after he disappeared on Wednesday

A rescue helicopter, hovering over Pedi here, joined the search yesterday

A rescue helicopter, hovering over Pedi here, joined the search yesterday

In a statement yesterday, Dr Bailey, 62, said: “It has been three days since Michael left the beach for a walk. The longest and most unbearable days for me and my children.

«The search continues and our family is so incredibly grateful to the people in Symi, the Greek authorities and the British Consulate who are working tirelessly to help find Michael.» We are not losing hope.’

Dr Bailey last saw her 67-year-old husband on the remote St Nicholas beach on Wednesday as he walked to the town of Pedi to catch a bus back to his villa in the port of Symi.

However, CCTV footage taken in Pedi at around 2pm shows them heading for the mountains instead.

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Since then – and despite a massive search operation involving dogs, drones, helicopters and divers – the writer and broadcaster has not been seen.

Last night, sources told The Mail on Sunday that Dr Bailey had been called in again to give paramedics more details about what her husband had with him when he disappeared.

The official said: “It’s been four days and there’s been no sign of him so it’s just been to investigate things again.

“She explained that he was wearing a khaki backpack and wallet, a bottle of water and a watch, which was not a smart watch.

On Friday, the couple’s four adult children traveled to Symi to visit their mother.

It was understood they were part of a search party yesterday that searched the two-mile path from Pedi to Agia Marina, a small beach near The Abyss, where rescue efforts will continue today.

To reach these treacherous caves, Dr Mosley would have to swim from the beach of Agia Marina – the same way the coast guard and divers got to them yesterday.

This is the image of Dr Mosley released under appeal after he went missing while on holiday in Greece on Wednesday

This is the image of Dr Mosley released under appeal after he went missing while on holiday in Greece on Wednesday

A cafe on the island of Symi where Dr.  Mosley to hand over CCTV footage

A cafe on the island of Symi where Dr. Mosley to hand over CCTV footage

Reporter Nick Pisa on the journey Michael Mosely took back to Pedi Beach

Reporter Nick Pisa on the journey Michael Mosely took back to Pedi Beach

Rescuers were also searching a separate rocky path near Agia Marina that rises over jagged limestone terrain and takes a longer route back to Symi. However, it is not marked and the guides point out that it is a «technically difficult» trail.

The Mail on Sunday walked a section of this route yesterday and while it could be done, it would certainly be hard work in the hot sun.

One member of the search team we came across said: “We have footage of him walking this way from the last house in Pedi.

“This is a difficult walk at the best of times and should not be done between 11am and 5pm. We think he was here during the hottest part of the day, at 2 p.m.’

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Paramedics are concerned for Dr Mosley’s welfare due to the dangerous heat and have described the hunt as a «race against time» where every minute counts.

All ships have been asked to keep an eye on it in the water, and in a sign of the urgency with which the situation is being dealt with, firefighters fighting fires on the nearby island of Kos were redeployed to Symi after bringing the flames under control. .

At the purpose-built Agia Marina beach, staff told The Mail on Sunday that police had asked to check their CCTV.

One staff member said: ‘I’m pretty sure I’d remember a man with an umbrella, but nobody came dressed like that.

“It’s a climb to the top of a mountain, then you go down and it goes up again before you hit the road that takes you into town. It would take about an hour, an hour and a half at most.

“There is nothing between here and Symi but stones and more stones and sheep and goats. It’s all exposed and I wouldn’t try to walk in that heat.’

Search teams spread across the Greek island of Symi, an unspoilt paradise in the Dodecanese Islands off the coast of Rhodes.

Search teams spread across the Greek island of Symi, an unspoilt paradise in the Dodecanese Islands off the coast of Rhodes.

Rescuers continue to search as Michael's wife Dr Clare Bailey says 'we are not giving up hope'

Rescuers continue to search as Michael’s wife Dr Clare Bailey says ‘we are not giving up hope’

There are concerns that Michael Mosley may have become disoriented in the heat and wandered off the trail, although this seems unlikely as it is clearly marked.  Pictured: Rescuers on the trail

There are concerns that Michael Mosley may have become disoriented in the heat and wandered off the trail, although this seems unlikely as it is clearly marked. Pictured: Rescuers on the trail

The unforgiving limestone terrain is described in guidebooks as

The unforgiving limestone terrain is described in guidebooks as «a desert mountain landscape with much of the road ‘rocky to very rocky underfoot’.»

Symi mayor Lefteris Papakalodoukas said: “We know he went through Pedi and then continued towards Agia Marina, it’s about two miles and a harder walk than from St Nicholas.

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“But then we don’t know if he got to Agia Marina or if he decided to climb over the mountain… but the way is difficult.

“Only a few locals know about it and although it’s signposted you can easily get lost and it’s not wise to walk it in the middle of the afternoon in temperatures approaching 40C. If he tried to go this way to Symi, then it’s a big mistake.

“There are also many troubling questions. Why did he leave the beach and his wife and friends? Why didn’t you pick up the phone?

“It is also clear from the CCTV footage that he did not stop for a drink in Pedi or rest. He seemed to be walking very determinedly. Surely it would have been better for him to stop and get some coffee or water – but no, he decided to go on.’

A local restaurant owner, who asked not to be named, told Nikos: “It’s very strange what happened, where did he go?

“It’s just a small island and he was wearing light colored clothes. Firefighters, police and the Coast Guard searched for three days and found nothing.

“They deployed a drone and saw nothing and also used thermal imaging.

Yesterday, for the first time in 36 hours, a firefighter’s helicopter joined the search, when it flew over the roller coaster where Dr. Mosley to aim.

It hovered low over the terrain and cruised several times before heading back to its base on the nearby island of Rhodes.

Dr Mosley – well known for BBC programs including Trust Me, I’m A Doctor and The One Show, as well as Radio 4’s Just One Thing – was thought to have last visited Symi eight years ago, staying with friends in a villa in the center the port of Symi.



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