College student missing in Poland found safe and well
Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30
AN IRISH student who vanished in Poland has been found safe and is now on his way home.
Aidan Lynch (20) from Rochestown in Cork vanished on Wednesday morning when he was enjoying a one week holiday in the Polish city of Krakow with friends from University College Cork (UCC).
Mr Lynch, a second year commerce student, had been with the group of 10 friends since last weekend.
However, several had become concerned for his welfare after noting that he was behaving out of character.
When friends suggested that they seek medical assistance for him, he left the group and vanished in the city centre shortly before 12 noon on Wednesday.
Attempts to contact Mr Lynch by his friends failed.
The friends notified Mr Lynch’s family and UCC authorities who launched a social media campaign searching for him.
That campaign was taken up by Polish colleges and students.
The Irish Embassy in Warsaw ensured that the social media appeal was translated into Polish and distributed amongst news outlets in Karkow and Warsaw.
Members of Mr Lynch’s family including his parents had immediately flown to Poland to support the search campaign.
Mr Lynch was located last night and is now being supported by his family.
He is expected to fly back to Cork within days.
UCC said they were delighted that Mr Lynch was found safe and well but also thanked everyone who had used social media to trace the young man.
“We are really grateful to the social media community who got behind the effort last night,” UCC spokesman Tom McCarthy said.
UCC Students' Union president, Mark Stanton, said Mr Lynch “ran off” after his friends attempted to call an ambulance for him following a night out after which he “wasn't himself.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs are providing liaison services for the Lynch family and the UCC group.