Breaking News:

Sisters Lost at Sea for 8 Hours While Paddleboarding

Two Sisters Lost on Paddleboards for Hours in Storm

Now watching

Next video starts in : 7 Play

Two Sisters Lost on Paddleboards for Hours in Storm

Two vacationing sisters who took off from Tybee Island, Georgia, Tuesday on their first-ever paddleboarding experience ended up in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after spending a harrowing eight hours lost at sea.

Cayci and Summer Underwood had just taken off around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when they say the wind picked up and the choppy waters knocked them off their paddleboards.

“The current got really bad and then we thought, you know, this is picking up and there's no way we're going to make it back,” Summer, 21, told ABC News.

As the Tennessee sisters held onto their boards, and kept in sight of each other, the conditions worsened.

“Eventually, the choppiness turned into waves, very big waves,” Cayci, 27, said.

The sisters became separated at one point with the current pushing them, “further and further apart,” Summer said.

The pair managed to find each other and then stuck together for the rest of their eight-hour ordeal, comforting each other through the pain of sunburn and chafing against their paddleboards.

“We just came to realize that there was really nothing we could do,” Cayci said.

The sisters say they saw several shrimping boats as they floated in the sea but none saw them. They ultimately made the lifesaving decision to ditch their paddleboards and swim to shore, even though they had no idea where that shore would be.

"We couldn't see any sight of land or anything,” Summer said.

The Underwoods swam their way to what turned out to be Hilton Head Island’s South Beach, a destination eight miles from their original launch point of Tybee Island.

"There were people on the shore, but we ended up swimming all the way to them,” Cayci recalled.

The sisters were helped by people on shore and taken to a local hospital for treatment. They were treated for shock and exhaustion and the chafing from the paddleboards.

Now back home in Tennessee, the Underwoods said they do not plan to ever paddleboard again but will always retain the bond they forged in the sea.

"Nobody can compete with the bond that we have now,” Cayci said, ”and we've literally fought for our lives together.”


View Comments (133)

Recommended for You

  • Hubble Space Telescope Set to Keep Its Eye on the Cosmos Through 2021

    NASA's overachieving Hubble Space Telescope keeps plugging along with its discoveries -- and will be doing so for at least the next five years after NASA extended its science operations contract to operate the telescope through 2021. "Hubble is expected to continue to provide valuable data into…

    Good Morning America8 mins ago
  • 'Game of Thrones' Star on Her Crazy Death

    So many characters died in last night's "Game of Thrones" season 6 finale, but the biggie came early on when Cersei blew up the temple of the High Sparrow, not only killing the religious leader but Margaery Tyrell, the king's wife. As per usual, Natalie Dormer, the actress who played Tyrell spoke…

    Good Morning America16 mins ago
  • US Markets Extend Slide as Brexit Fallout Continues

    U.S. stocks continued their downward slide this morning, as investors reacted to more potential fallout from Britain's vote to withdraw from the European Union last week. The Dow Jones dropped 200 points shortly after the opening bell. "This is clearly a global event," Blanchflower said of the…

    Good Morning America23 mins ago
  • Grilling 101 With Strip House Chef Michael Vignola

    Michael Vignola, a corporate executive chef at Strip House restaurants in Las Vegas and New York City, knows how to grill the perfect steak.Vignola, also a former “Chopped” champion, appeared on “Good Morning America” today to share his grilling tips for steaks this summer season. The chef also…

    Good Morning America48 mins ago
  • 'Game of Thrones' Finale Recap; Jon Snow's Lineage Revealed

    It has been six seasons since Ned Stark declared "Winter Is Coming," and now "The Winds of Winter" are here. In the season six finale of “Game of Thrones,” Jon Snow and the North plan for the future, Danarys plans to sail to Westeros and a popular fan theory is confirmed.

    Good Morning America57 mins ago
  • ‘GMA’ Travel Diary: Robin Roberts Gets Up Close With Pandas in China

    China is home to the majority of the roughly 2,000 pandas worldwide. When “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts went to China earlier this month to cover the historic opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, she made a stop to visit some of the pandas living at China’s Chengdu Research Base…

    Good Morning America59 mins ago
  • Jill Scott Weds Longtime Boyfriend

    Jill Scott married longtime boyfriend Mike Dobson Saturday.Although the singer made no mention of the wedding on social media, DJ Mars -- who DJ'ed the wedding -- posted a series of photos and videos from the affair to Instagram."This wedding made my summer!" he wrote in the caption to one video.…

    Good Morning America59 mins ago
  • 10 Fun Facts About 'World's Ugliest Dog' Winner Sweepee Rambo

    The competition was certainly fierce for crowning the homeliest hound in The World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California. But Sweepee Rambo, a blind Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix, emerged victorious after her third attempt for the crown.There is much…

    Good Morning America
  • BET Awards 2016 Complete Recap: Beyonce, Epic Prince Tributes and Moving Speeches

    BET had a lot to live up to Sunday night at the 2016 BET Awards, and it's safe to say the network delivered.To start off the festivities, the network quickly got into "formation" with a surprise appearance by Beyoncé, who stunned the crowd with a live performance of "Freedom." The singer, joined by…

    Good Morning America
  • Singapore Airlines Plane Catches Fire Moments After Making Emergency Landing

    A Singapore Airlines plane bound for Milan caught fire while making an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport early this morning.The Boeing 777 was on its way from Singapore to Milan when it turned back "following an engine oil warning message."Flight SQ368 landed at 7 a.m. local time,…

    Good Morning America
  • UK Official Urges Calm as World Markets Brace for More Uncertainty After Brexit Vote

    U.K.'s treasury chief George Osborne sought to ease the global markets after Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union, saying the U.K. economy is firmly positioned to face the challenges ahead. "Today I want to reassure the British people and the global community that Britain is ready…

    Good Morning America
  • 2 Escaped Inmates Captured, 1 Still on the Run in South Carolina

    Two brothers who escaped from a South Carolina jail were captured Sunday night while a third inmate remains on the loose, Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies said. Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said Michael Bryan Chaplin and Matthew Daniel Chaplin surrendered about 9:15 p.m. after SWAT…

    Good Morning America
  • Oscar-Winner Mark Rylance Talks Giant Role in ‘The BFG’

    "The BFG" is a beloved Roald Dahl children's book about a big, friendly giant, and now Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance brings that giant to life in the new Disney film adaptation. Rylance plays a larger-than-life outcast in Disney's "The BFG," directed by Steven Spielberg.

    Good Morning America
  • 'The Bachelorette' JoJo Fletcher Confronts Jordan Rodgers for 'Acting Entitled'

    JoJo Fletcher doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers to find her true love.In a preview of tonight's "The Bachelorette," the star confronts one of her remaining suitors, Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, after hearing about "an altercation" that…

    Good Morning America
  • Wimbledon 2016: Venus Williams on Gender Equality in Sports

    Venus Williams is far more than a legendary tennis champion. In 2007, two years after Williams first solo win at the All England Club, the chairman of the tournament finally said it was time to "eliminate the difference" in pay, an unprecedented move. That may have been almost a decade ago, but…

    Good Morning America
  • West Virginia Comes Together in Wake of Devastating Flood

    West Virginia residents in need have received an outpouring of donations in the wake of a devastating flood that has left parts of the state stuck in "standing deep water" and at least 25 dead, according to a spokesman for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. …

    Good Morning America
  • 10 Hurt When Roller Coaster Crashes Near Children's Attraction at Scottish Theme Park

    An inverted roller coaster at a Scottish theme park derailed, hit the ride's support and crashed to the ground, injuring 10 people, including eight children, police said. The incident occurred this morning at M&D's theme park in Motherwell, about a half-hour from Glasglow, according to the…

    Good Morning America
  • 40 Homeless Students in Chicago Get First-Ever Prom

    About 40 homeless students in Chicago got something Saturday many of them thought would never come -- a chance to attend prom. Jalisa Thurston was one of those students. Thurston, 23, who is set to return to school later this year, said she never attended her high school prom after being kicked…

    Good Morning America
  • Husband Creates New Game Developer Barbie After Wife Could Only Find It In One Skin Tone

    Marcus Montgomery knew exactly what to get his wife for her birthday after Barbie released its newest career doll -- the Game Developer Barbie. Still, when Lisette Titre-Montgomery, his wife of two years and a game developer herself, could only find the doll in one skin tone she decided against…

    Good Morning America
  • Gay Pride Marches Marked by Celebration and Mourning

    Gay Pride marches took place across the country today, but the celebratory tone of the events was inter-spliced with poignant moments of mourning over the 49 men and women who died during the shooting massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month. New York, San…

    Good Morning America