A British zookeeper is reportedly fighting for her life in Mexico after being rescued from the jaws of a crocodile by her identical twin.
The reptile was dragging Melissa Laurie underwater while she was swimming with her sister Georgia in a lagoon submerged in search of her when she did not answer.
After several minutes of desperate search, she found her twin, face down, about 10 miles from Puerto Escondido, a surfing resort popular with British vacationers.
When she cradled her sister and swam to a boat, the crocodile attacked the 28-year-old again.
The brave Georgia fended off the predator and hit it repeatedly until it let go.
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The mother of twins Sue Laurie, of Sandhurst, Berkshire, said both women sustained horrific bite wounds while Melissa was on the verge of drowning.
“Melissa is alive, but we don’t know whether her injuries are life-threatening or not,” she says said the Daily Mail.
“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 added, “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 waters 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.
“Georgia had to fight it. She kept pounding him in the head. She suffered cuts and bite wounds. “
The sisters had taken a boat trip to the Manialtepec lagoon, a coastal lagoon.
Mr Laurie claims his daughters were assured by their tour operator that there are no crocodiles in the water.
“The girls specifically asked if it was safe to go swimming, and the guide said so,” said the 63-year-old.