Pop duo John and Edward Grimes had to be rescued from a sandbank near Malahide, Co. Dublin yesterday, after becoming trapped by the incoming tide.

The brothers found themselves in difficulty while out on a walk along the coast from Donabate, and had to be rescued by a helicopter as darkness approached, according to the Irish Sun.

Speaking to the newspaper, the lads thanked the Coast Guard who came to their rescue, with John saying: "What we want to get across is how quickly this all happened. This got out of hand before we even realised.

"This could have been a tragedy but for the good work of the Coast Guard."

The Lucan stars contacted their mum, Susanna, who then raised the alarm.

"It was terrifying for the boys. They ended up on shifting sands completely surrounded by water," says Susanna.

She added:"This could have been a terrible tragedy but for the Coast Guard finding them.

"The boys were getting more and more desperate as the water was coming in.

"Thank God the Coast Guard sent the helicopter up and found it them trapped on the sand near Malahide."