Paddle boarders endured 15 hours at sea by holding on to lobster pot marker

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    Stock image of paddle borders and Salthill houses and Silvestrand beach in Galway Bay, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

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    Tears were shed at Galway Lifeboat Station when personnel heard the set had actually been discovered (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Two girls who went missing out on while paddleboarding off the west coast of Ireland were discovered alive at sea 15 hours later on.

    A significant search was released after the set, aged 17 and 23, stopped working to return from their trip the other day afternoon.

    Both ladies had actually invested the night holding on to a lobster pot marker buoy prior to they were found by a passing angler and his kid.

    They were found about 2 miles from island of Inis Oírr and had actually wandered about 17 miles from where they were last seen in Galway Bay.

    Salthill houses and Silvestrand beach in Galway Bay, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

    A significant search operation was discovered when the set went missing out on off the coast the other day night (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    An RNLI spokesperson stated: ‘They are safe and well and were brought to Inis Oirr to be picked up by Coast Guard helicopter. The lifeboat crews are over the moon.’

    The 2 ladies were required to Galway University Hospital for treatment however their condition was unidentified.

    Police, the Coast Guard and regional search groups had actually been searching the coast in the Furbo beach location of Connemara.

    Barry Heskin of the RNLI informed RTÉ’s News at One that rescuers braved thunder, wind and rain to attempt and discover the set and stated ‘there were a few tears shed’ at Galway Lifeboat Station when they were discovered.

    Divisional Controller at Valentia Coastguard John Draper stated they may not have actually endured had they not been surviving on their paddle boards and invested the entire night immersed in water.

    Galway TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton applauded the Irish Coast Guard, Gardai and regional volunteers for ‘their speedy response and quick thinking’.

    She stated: ‘They all worked relentlessly over night and today in the look for the 2 missing out on paddleboarders because the alarm was raised last night. Their fast thinking and bravery have actually led to the safe return of 2 girls to their households today.

    ‘The gratitude of the work of our emergency situation services can be heard in the shared sigh of relief not simply throughout Galway, however undoubtedly across the country, as fortunately reached us this afternoon.

    ‘Thankfully this most recent event has had a happy ending; however, it is imperative for us all to be vigilant of the sea and the elements as we enjoy our coastline during the fine weather.’

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