Wednesday 21 March 2018

Irish man reported missing in Austria faces €2k rescue bill after being found drunk in train station

Salzburg Newsdesk Newsdesk

AN Irish man reported as missing in Austria is now facing a €2,000 bill after being found drunk in a train station.

The 37-year-old was visiting the city of Salzburg with three friends when he failed to return to his hotel on Sunday evening.

The alarm was raised and a major search operation was launched - including searches of the river Salzach amid fears he may have fallen into the water.

15 people were devoted to the search full time.

However the search was called off after the man was found intoxicated at a train station three days after he was reported missing.

The city operates a 'polluter pays' principle meaning the man could be facing a bill of about €2,000.

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