Galway paddleboarders rescued after 15 hours in the sea

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2020

A woman and a teenage girl have been found clinging to a lobster pot off the Irish coast after going missing for nearly 15 hours while paddleboarding.

Speaking on RTÉ's Liveline, seasoned fisherman Patrick Oliver, who rescued the two women with his son Morgan (18), said that the two women "did the right thing" by keeping a level head.

"Two Missing Paddle Boarders (sic) located and being transferred to the care of the HSE, search is now standing down, thank you to everyone that assisted in this SAR operation". An aircraft from Aer Arann has also been deployed to help with the search.

The Irish coastguard and local volunteers were also involved.

An Garda Síochána confirmed to JOE that both women have been located and are now being taken by emergency services for medical attention. "Any sightings or information should be reported to the Coast Guard at MRSC Valentia on 112 or 999".

Two paddleboarders who were missing off the coast of Galway have been found alive.

An air and sea search rescue began overnight and continued until their discovery.

The 23-year-old woman and 17-year-old teenager who are cousins, had gone paddle boarding at about 9 o'clock last night from Furbo Beach when a sudden north wind blew them out to sea.

Both casualties were taken to Galway University hospital.

Galway RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat at 10pm (last night) and stayed out throughout the night changing crew three times.

The Irish coastguard launched an immediate search operation in the Galway Bay area.

Rescue 115 from Shannon has been focusing on the waters around Salthill and Barna this morning.

Galway RNLI were joined by the Aran Island RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard, the Civil Defence and the Irish police force.

Additional resources are expected to join the search during the day while family members, relatives and friends of the missing women are expected to join a coastline search.

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