A HOLIDAYING nurse from Lepton battled to save the lives of two men who died after their boat capsized off Jersey.
Fiona Marshall, 34, was enjoying the first day of her week-long Channel Islands break when the drama unfolded.
As she sat with husband Anthony on a hotel terrace overlooking Rozel beach at about 1.30pm yesterday, she saw a lifeboat bringing a man ashore.
Two Jersey men, aged 46 and 55, had been out sailing when their boat sank.
Mr Marshall, 34, said: "We were just having a sandwich when the next minute we heard a siren and a lifeboat coming in."
His wife, a nurse at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for 13 years, rushed to help perform heart massage on the first man as his companion was brought ashore by the lifeboat crew minutes later.
She helped two paramedics at the scene for an hour until more arrived, along with police and fire crews in a launch.
"She just helped where she could," said her proud husband. "As a nurse, she tends to know what to do."
Another holidaying couple, both doctors, helped try to save the lives of the men.
Sadly, they later died at Jersey General Hospital.
Despite the traumatic start to their holiday, the Marshalls are determined to try and enjoy themselves.
"Afterwards everybody was quite stunned," said Mrs Marshall.
"I went to ring my mum to tell her what had happened and a woman in a little ice cream kiosk said she had never seen anything like that in 20 years."
Mr Marshall, a joiner, said: "This was supposed to be our first romantic holiday together on our own for years."
The couple, who have three young children, had left the youngsters with their grandparents.
Jersey police inspector Mary Le Heggaret said there would be an investigation into the deaths.