In a scenario that all too often ends in injury or tragedy, police were involved in an operation to locate a man missing over the weekend.
On Saturday at about 4.15pm, a 61-year-old man took his kelpie for a walk at Nightcap National Park.
When he failed to return before nightfall, his family began to search for him. They discovered his car at the intersection of Nightcap Range Road and Rummery Road, near Minyon Falls.
Following an unsuccessful search of the surrounding areas, police were contacted.
Police Rescue, along with Lismore State Emergency Services (SES) personnel, Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter, undertook an extensive search of the area until 4am Sunday morning.
Officers attached to Richmond Police District were posted near the missing man’s vehicle with the search due to resume at 8am.
At about 7.10am, the man and his dog returned to his vehicle uninjured.
He informed police that he had become disorientated in the dark and sheltered in a place with his dog until first light.
The man from Upper Coopers Creek did not require any medical assistance.