A holiday-maker has thanked rescuers who saved her life when she dislocated her hip and nearly drowned on Croyde beach.Melanie Henshaw, from Derby, was knocked over by powerful waves on Croyde beach on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 11, dislocating her hip. Mrs Henshaw, who was born with spina bifida and walks with a crutch, said usually she was ok when in the water. I dont think I anticipated how strong the waves were, she said. One minute I was in the shallow water and the next minute there were three massive waves. I remember going under one first, and I couldnt get up. Mrs Henshaw does not remember a lot of what happened next - but her husband Nigel and daughter, Kirstie, who rushed into the water to save her, have helped her piece it together. An off-duty fireman who was kayaking nearby helped bring Mrs Henshaw above the surface of the waves. RNLI Lifeguard Manager Phil Hill along with lifeguards Hayden Lawson and Damon Beveridge carried Mrs Henshaw up the beach. As Melanies condition worsened lifeguards had to administer CPR, while paramedics and the Croyde Coastguard quickly joined in the efforts, as well as several off-duty medical personel who happened to be on the beach at the time. As the minutes became more critical, the RAF Chivenor Sea King was called to land on the beach. The next thing I remember is one of the lifeguards talking to me, telling me everything that was happening, as they put me into the helicopter, said Mrs Henshaw. I just cant believe that if all those people hadnt been there, I might not be here today. I cannot thank them enough, for saving my life, and for supporting my husband and family as well. Phil Hill, RNLI lifeguard manager, said: Incidents like this highlight the importance of the first aid training RNLI lifeguards receive as we were able to react quickly as the emergency unfolded. It was great that all the emergency services pulled together to act quickly to get the casualty safely airlifted to hospital. Mrs Henshaw, who was staying near Ilfracombe, was discharged from hospital to try to enjoy the rest of her family holiday. She returned home on Monday.