Ireland was given an injection of hope this week when two young paddle-boarders who had been missing at sea for fifteen hours were found safe and well.
It has been deemed the ‘good news story’ of 2020, as the two young women, aged 17 and 23, were swept out from a beach in the West of Ireland at evening time and were caught in a storm with high winds, heavy rain, crashing waves and thunder and lightening.
The pair, who are first cousins, were wearing just their swimming togs but crucially had life jackets on. They kept their heads, stayed calm, acted smart by tying their boards together and eventually to a lobster pot.
There was a massive sea search with all parts of the rescue services, fishing community and local groups coming together.
The country waited and waited, finding it hard to cling to hope, with each passing hour, but at last we heard they were safe and there has been an outpouring of absolute joy.
Like all countries, we needed to see a glimmer of hope in these dark times of Covid19. It’s like the two girls symbolize the importance of staying calm, clinging to hope and, of course, the power of community effort against the force of nature.
We all need bouyancy aids these days and a lobster pot or two to hang onto as we wait for better times.
17 thoughts on “Our Glimpse of Hope”
Good news indeed Jean amidst this pandemic.
Hi Arlene, thanks so much for writing. I hope you’re keeping well and reading lots of great books.
I seldom see you here. Hope you are well and safe.
We’re fine so far, thanks.
My blogging has been a bit sporadic but still very much connected.
Glad to hear that.
You are right Jean, what wonderful young woman. So calm and sensible. An example to us all. 💜
Yes, true examples. It’s hard even to imagine how one would cope in such a situation.
I think I would freak out , but I am scared of water and hopefully would not get into that position 😳💜
Hopefully none of us ever will!
Hope and Faith …Hoping that you will be saved and Faith that gives you Hope..Lucky that these two had both and a will to survive…
So true, Joni.
Thanks for sharing! We do need voices of hope these days.
My absolute pleasure!
Hurray! Such a great post, Jean!🙏
Thanks Dana, so easy to write it as it had such a great ending.