A woman has been saved by her young sons after they became caught in a rip on the South Coast on Saturday.

The 32-year-old and her three sons – aged 14, 12 and 6 – were at an unpatrolled beach at North Durras, approximately 25 minutes from Batemans Bay, when they became caught in a rip and pulled further out in the water just after 1.30pm.

The boys were on an inflatable lilo and boogie board, Andrew Edmunds from Surf Life Saving NSW said.

“They were taken out to sea, but fortunately they didn’t panic,” he said.

“The woman, we believe, was helped to shore by one of her children.”

Ambulance officers treated the woman on shore before she was transported to hospital.