Searches are continuing today for two young young women who were reported missing in Galway Bay on Wednesday evening after they failed to return from swimming.
Searches took place overnight and are continuing this morning after the alarm was raised at around 10pm on Wednesday.
The two women, who are understood to be in their late teen and early 20s, failed to return to the beach after going paddle boarding from Furbo beach.
Gardaí and the Coast Guard are carrying out searches along the coast in the Furbo area of Connemara this morning with boats and Coast Guard helicopters.
The RNLI have also been assisting in the search for the missing women, with lifeboats deployed from the Galway and Aran Islands stations searching alongside the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard are appealing for any sightings or information on the two missing women to be reported by dialling 999 or 112, and asking for the Coast Guard.
Irish Coast Guard Helicopters and Coast Guard Teams, with RNLI Lifeboats continue to search in Galway Bay for 2 missing Paddle Boarders. MRSC Valentia Coordinating, please report any sightings on VHF 16 or dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard pic.twitter.com/deMcn7E5l9
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) August 13, 2020
Lifeboat crews from @GalwayLifeboat and #AranIslands are currently involved in a search for two paddleboarders who went missing last night. The lifeboat crews have searched throughout the night along with @IrishCoastGuard and are continuing today. pic.twitter.com/sT5Fli1AUu
— Niamh Stephenson (@Niamh_St) August 13, 2020