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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Two Tennessee women are safe after a storm blew their paddleboards from a Georgia island to a South Carolina island.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cayci Underwood and 21-year-old Summer Underwood set out from Tybee Island, Georgia, when they were caught by stormy weather and spent hours on the water Tuesday.

They abandoned their paddleboard when they were is sight of Hilton Head Island and it took 45 minutes to make it ashore, nearly 8 miles from where they started.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported the half-sisters from Athens, Tennessee, were sunburned, scraped and exhausted by their eight-hour ordeal.

Cayci and Summer say they are fortunate to be alive.

"I mean it's terrifying; at one point you question like, 'Am I gonna live?' Nobody's gonna find us; we're way too far out there's no boats out here. There's nothing. But like the barges, the big barges and if you get close to those you're gonna get sucked under," said Cayci.

Summer said Wednesday that people on the beach helped them out of the water and told them where they were.

Both women were wearing life jackets.

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