By NATALIE O'NEILL (NEW YORK POST) -- They clawed their way out of this one. Two cousins who went missing while paddle-boarding off the coast of Ireland survived the rough waters \u2014 by clinging to a buoy of a lobster trap for 15 hours. Sara Feeney, 23, and Ellen Glynn, 17, were swept out to sea near the tiny island of Inis Oirr on Wednesday night, prompting a major search and rescue mission, according to the Irish Times. \u201c horrific, it was the stuff of nightmares,\u201d Feeney\u2019s mother, Helen, said of the ordeal. \u201cYou\u2019re just living by the second.\u201d But the cousins were miraculously spotted \u2014 clinging to the buoy \u2014 by a local fisherman, Patrick Oliver, and his son the next day. \u201cThey did everything right. They held on to one another, they didn\u2019t lose touch and it can\u2019t have been easy with the night that was in,\u201d Oliver told the paper, in reference to rainy conditions. Both women, who were were wearing life jackets, suffered no serious injuries. They were taken via helicopter to the University Hospital Galway.