July 3, 2014 16:59

Jedward rescued by helicopter after getting stranded on sandbank

The twins became trapped when walking a relative on a beach near co Dublin

Jedward rescued by helicopter after getting stranded on sandbank

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Jedward had to be rescued by a coast guard helicopter after they got trapped on a sandbank in Dublin.

The pop twins were walking a young relative on the coast near Malahide, when they got trapped on the sands.

The pairs' mother, Susanna Grimes, called the coastguard after she was contacted by her sons who were getting "more and more desperate as the water was coming in," she told the Irish Sun.

"It was terrifying for the boys. They ended up on shifting sands completely surrounded by water. This could have been a terrible tragedy but for the Coast Guard finding them," she said.

Initial attempts to locate the duo using their iPhones was unsuccessful, so a helicopter was sent up to try and locate them. A 10-person Coast Guard team then had to wade through up to six feet of water in the middle of the night to reach them. They eventually got to the former X factor contestants at 1am, by which time they were "very badly shaken," their mum added.

One of the brothers, John Grimes, said: "What we want to get across is how quickly this all happened. This got out of hand before we even realised. We would urge young people to be very careful around water and the sea. This could have been a tragedy but for the good work of the Coast Guard."

Since appearing in the 2009 version of the X factor, Jedward have represented Ireland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest – in 2011 and 2012 – and are currently working on their new album.

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