POLISH AND IRISH authorities today continued their search for an Irish student who has been missing in Poland since Saturday, while family, friends and other concerned individuals took to social media to get James Nolan and #FindJames trending to help maximise publicity around the effort to find the 21-year-old.
The engineering student from Blessington in Wicklow had been following Ireland at the European Championships and was last seen in the city of Bydgoszcz, about 130km north east of Poznan.
At the time, he was wearing a white t-shirt bearing a picture of Chuck Norris, dark blue jeans and grey runners.
Reporting on RTÉ’s Six One News, David Kelly in Poland said that more than 100 people are involved in the operation in Bydgoszcz, which includes river searches, leaflet distribution and posters. An announcement was also made at last night’s game between Ireland and Italy at Poznan.
The Ambassador for Ireland in Poland, Eugene Hutchinson, has said his office are “very concerned” about the young man’s well-being. He added that he has been “extremely impressed by the intensive and professional approach” taken by the Polish authorities in the past three days.
The group who were with James for the past two weeks have remained in Poland and his family are due to travel there in the next couple of days.
Both James Nolan and #FindJames are now trending on Twitter as friends continue to ask well-known personalities to tweet about the search to keep it in people’s minds as they travel through Poland for the remainder of the Euro 2012 tournament.