Her husband saw what was happening and went to help her. But because of a very strong current, he was unable to swim with her back to the beach.
The two of them were now in danger of drowning, so the third member of their party joined the rescue effort. But because of a sand-bar and the current, he, too, quickly got into trouble.
It was now that Daniel and Jason, both strong swimmers with the Ipswich Swimming Club, swung into action.
"We asked our Mum if we could go to help," recalls Daniel. "She said no but we just did it anyway." "We had to go," the modest teenager continues, "because there were other people there, grown ups, and all they were doing was just watching." "We just raced and got our boards," continues Jason. "It was the right thing to do."
The boys headed straight for the two people in most trouble and, using their bodyboards, managed to tow them back to the beach and safety.
12-year old Jason then turned round and swam back out to sea to rescue the third person. By now, the man was nearly unconscious and felt he was drifting away.
Jason reached him in the nick of time. The man was just able to hold on to Jason's bodyboard, and the 12-year old steered him safely back to shore.
For their outstanding bravery in rescuing 3 adults, Daniel and Jason were awarded Testimonials on Vellum.
They were presented to them at a special ceremony in London in May 2006 by HRH Princess Alexandra.