Mexico: Sister punches crocodile in face to protect her twin

The keen travellers were at the start of a months-long trip when the attack occurred

The keen travellers were at the start of a months-long trip when the attack occurred Credit Facebook

Richie, who is a backpacker organising unlicensed tours to fund his travelling, agreed to take the twins after meeting them at a hostel in Puerto Escondido, a popular surfing resort.

Certainly, it is the stuff of nightmares.

Georgia and Melissa, 28-year-old twins, were swimming in a lagoon near Puerto Escondido in Mexico when they were attacked by a crocodile. It is a hauntingly handsome place - a site of unspoilt natural beauty, its mangroves teem with Mexico's rich wildlife and birds.

Although Sean Laurie said his daughters had been assured by their tour guide that the lagoon was safe to enter, Melissa was pulled underwater by the animal. The bandage wrapped tightly around her wrist is evidence that she was right. As the group enjoyed a dip in the cool of the early afternoon (not a midnight swim as was initially reported), Melissa was suddenly tugged underwater.

Georgia heard her sister's cry for help, then found her floating face down on the surface.

Since being discharged, Georgia has been able to see her twin sister for the first time since the attack.

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Georgia had heard that with some animals, one has to start hitting them to scare them away, especially when they are hunting.

"They're not guides", he says of the foreigners who live in Puerto Escondido and who round up tourists for cheap boat trips, undercutting the locals.

His colleague, José Antonio Ramírez, added: 'We know that there a lot crocodiles in this particular area of the lagoon'.

Melissa was half-drowned and suffered horrific injuries to her arms, legs, face, some of which have become septic. Georgia tried to drag her out of the water and take her to the boat when the crocodile attacked them again. She would later develop sepsis from her ruptured intestine.

"So the communication is hard because of the time difference and getting any information out of them because they weren't very well".

"It wasn't until the nurse opened my fist to clean my hand that I realised that it had been slashed too", Georgia said.

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She said she was proud of her "feisty" sister Georgia, who has now been released from hospital after being treated for the injuries she got while saving Melissa.

He said: "She called for her but she didn't reply".

"When they told me her condition was deteriorating, I had to let the family know".

Thankfully, Melissa has now emerged from the coma.

But their older sister says Melissa's situation is "still really serious" and "we're not relaxing just yet".

'We were anxious that because we did not know how long she had been under water without oxygen.

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