4 teens “miraculously” found alive after drifting for miles on paddleboards at night

Four teens were found alive on a small sandbarrier island near Melbourne, Australia, Monday morning after taking to the water on a pair of paddleboards the previous evening, police said.

The teens – who were described by Australian news channel Nine News as two 18-year-old men, an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman – have not been publicly named. They had departed from Rosebud Foreshore beach, located at the southern tip of Port Phillip Bay, on two “stand-up” paddleboards on Sunday evening, according to a statement shared by Victoria Police on Twitter after the rescue of the group.

The teens were dragged deeper into the bay by high winds, which eventually carried them about 20 miles across the waterway to Swan Island, a sand barrage located on the other side of Port Phillip, the statement said.

“The four teenagers miraculously found alive this morning on Swan Island spent the night floating in the cold choppy bay,” Victoria Police wrote on Twitter. “The four couldn’t fight the easterly wind so drifted with the tide and landed on Swan Island – the other side of the bay – around 2am.”

The teens were “cold and disoriented” when they arrived at Swan Island, police said, noting they were able to find shelter in a “cabin” and spend the rest of the night there. On Monday morning, security personnel stationed at the sand barrier, which is partly used as a training facility by the Australian Department of Defense, spotted the teens as they “wandered across the island,” authorities said. They were later transported to a hospital.

Jack Shi, the father of one of the teens, shared his reaction to the children being found alive and safe with local reporters on Monday.

“Our children have been (found) found and we are very happy about that,” he said, according to Nine News. “It’s a huge relief, we were very desperate.”

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