Cormac Lally apparently became disorientated during a late-night walk and spent eight days wandering in bush near his home.
Cormac Lally apparently became disorientated during a late-night walk and spent eight days wandering in bush near his home.

Lost Irishmans bush ordeal

By ANDY PARKS andy.parks@northernstar.com.au MISSING Irishman Cormac Lally, who disappeared from a house at Main Arm last Tuesday, staggered home yesterday morning after more than a week apparently spent wandering around lost in the bushland near his home.

The 28-year-old was last seen leaving his house near Mullumbimby at 10.30pm on Tuesday, November 27, to go for a walk.

Friends and family became worried when he didn't return and contacted the police.

His brother Emmet described his disappearance at the time as out of character. Emmet and Cormac's friends plastered missing posters around the area in the hope someone had seen him.

A report in The Northern Star about the disappearance led two men to tell police they believed they had spoken to Mr Lally, who was trying to get a lift from Byron Bay to Sydney.

But at 8.30am yesterday, Mr Lally returned home under his own steam. He was immediately taken to the Emergency Department at Byron Bay hospital for a medical assessment.

According to Inspector Jago, of Byron Bay police, his condition was 'not too bad'. "He'd been in the elements for a week or so," he said.

"It seems he became disorientated and it has taken him this long to find his way back home."

Robyn Osborne, from the North Coast Area Health Service, said Mr Lally was admitted to Byron Bay hospital and was later transferred to Tweed Heads for further assessment. "He's in a satisfactory condition and receiving ongoing assessments," Mr Osborne said.

No details of any injuries are available, and it may be some time before the circumstances of his going missing are known.



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