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Teens rescued on paddleboard a mile off Florida coast


Two 15-year-olds are rescued more than a mile from shore clinging to a paddleboard after strong winds swept them out to sea

  • The boy and girl, both 15, had been using the paddle board of Playalinda Beach, Florida last week when strong winds swept them out to sea 
  • Beach authorities immediately contacted rescue personnel who launched a huge operation involving vessels and helicopters
  • The teens were already 1.2 miles offshore when they were located
  • Authorities say the waves were around three to five foot at the time 

Two 15-year-old clinging onto a paddle board have been rescued by authorities in Florida after they drifted more than a mile off shore in rough waters.

The boy and girl, who have not been identified, had been using the paddle board of Playalinda Beach, just south of Orlando, when strong winds swept them out to sea last week.

Beach authorities contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) who immediately deployed its patrol vessel to try and retrieve the children.

Rescue personnel were also deployed from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center Security Forces helicopter. 

Two 15-year-old clinging onto a paddle board have been rescued by authorities in Florida after they drifted more than a mile off shore in rough waters

Footage from the NASA helicopters, which was posted online on Tuesday, showed the two children floating on the paddle board as the FWC rescue vessel approached. 

Authorities say the waves were around three to five foot at the time. 

Authorities say the children were already 1.2 miles offshore when they were located. 

They were continuing to drift further out to sea.  

The rescuers described the children as being ‘distressed’ when they were finally located.  

They were assessed by first responders before being returned to their families. 

The huge rescue operation also involved the US Coast Guard, Brevard County Sheriff and Brevard County Fire Rescue. 

The boy and girl, who have not been identified, had been using the paddle board of Playalinda Beach, just south of Orlando, when strong winds swept them out to sea last week

The boy and girl, who have not been identified, had been using the paddle board of Playalinda Beach, just south of Orlando, when strong winds swept them out to sea last week

Beach authorities contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) who immediately deployed its patrol vessel to try and retrieve the children

Beach authorities contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) who immediately deployed its patrol vessel to try and retrieve the children

Authorities say the children were already 1.2 miles offshore when they were located

Authorities say the children were already 1.2 miles offshore when they were located

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