A British woman is fighting for her life in a Mexican hospital after being rescued from the jaws of a crocodile by her identical twin sister.
Melissa Laurie, 28, was swimming in a lagoon with her twin Georgia 10 miles from Puerto Escondido, a surf resort popular with British vacationers, at night when the beast hit her and dragged her underwater.
In the chaos, Georgia called for her sister and went underwater to look for her when she didn’t answer.
Desperate in the dark, after several minutes of frantic searching, Melissa found her face down on the surface.
Melissa Laurie (left) was swimming in a lagoon one night when she was attacked by a crocodile, causing Sister Georgia to wade after her
Tourists flock to the Manialtepec Lagoon pictured to swim in the glowing water – despite warnings that 3 m crocodiles lurk below the surface
The crocodile attacked both sisters as they waded to shore, forcing Georgia to hit them multiple times to escape (stock image)
But when she held her sister in her arms and swam to the boat, the crocodile attacked the women again while Georgia fought it off and beat the predator until it let go.
Sue Laurie’s mother, of Sandhurst, Berkshire, said both women sustained horrific bite wounds while Melissa was on the verge of drowning.
Speaking to MailOnline, Sue said that both sisters were hospitalized where Melissa is in a coma.
Her mother Sue Laurie told MailOnline: “We have twin daughters who are traveling through Mexico and were attacked by a crocodile last night.
“Melissa is alive, but we don’t know if her injuries are life threatening or not.
“She has water in her lungs and coughed up blood. So we don’t know if she has a punctured lung or not.
“She was put into a medically induced coma.”
Her father Sean shared how Melissa, a zookeeper, was saved from certain death by her sister.
Twins Melissa and Georgia Laurie, now 28, wore identical clothes as babies
Melissa and Georgia Laurie, pictured as school children, were on a dream trip to Mexico when tragedy struck
He said, “Georgia fended off the crocodile.
“It was only because she is a diver and has life-saving experience that she was able to save her.
“They were swimming in the bioluminescent water after dark when Georgia heard Melissa scream.
“She called for her, but she didn’t answer. She could hear other members of the tour group, but nothing from her sister.
“So she went down to look for her. She was very brave.
The twins’ parents, Sue and Sean Laurie, said their two daughters had bite wounds from the predator
“After a few minutes, she found Melissa floating face down on the surface.
“But when she brought them back to the boat, the crocodile attacked again.
“Georgia had to fight it. She kept pounding him in the head. She suffered cuts, including bite wounds. ‘
The twins had taken a boat trip to Manialtepec Lagoon, a coastal lagoon described as a natural bioluminescent phenomenon.
The lagoon is rich in biodiversity and is created by salt water from the Pacific Ocean, fresh water from the Manialtepec River, and the deep waters of the lagoon itself.
Tourists – like British women – go on tours at night to see the uniquely glowing bioluminescent water at night. Swimmers are warned that crocodiles, which can grow up to three meters long, live in the lagoon.
Despite the warnings, the twins’ father claims the sisters were assured by their tour operator that there were no crocodiles in the water.
Parents Sue and Sean with their daughters Helen (left) and twins Melissa and Georgia on a day trip in London
Melissa (left), a zookeeper, was saved from certain death by her sister, who valiantly went into the water to find her
The twins were assured by the tour operator that the lagoon was free of crocodiles before the crocodile attack
Mr Laurie, 63, a management consultant, stated, “The girls specifically asked if it was safe to go swimming and the guide said so.”
The sisters had backpacked the world. You left the UK in March and planned to return in November.
However, the twins’ parents are wondering if they need to fly to Mexico to take them home.
A spokeswoman for the German Foreign Office told MailOnline: “We support the family of two British women who are hospitalized in Mexico and who are in contact with the local authorities.”