The Sun newspaper on June 7 reported that two sisters, Georgia Laurie and Melissa Laurie, were attacked by a crocodile in the Manialtepec lagoon, about 16km from the Puerto Escondido resort.
When Georgia heard Melissa’s cry for help and saw her sister sinking into the water, she quickly rushed over and pulled Melissa away.
However, the crocodile decided not to let go of its prey and attacked the two sisters again. Georgia immediately fought the animal with a series of punches in the face and then swam back to the boat on the evening of June 6 (local time).
Georgia’s parents said she suffered from alligator bite wounds, while her sister Melissa was in a coma at the hospital.
The twins’ mother, Sue Laurie, from Sandhurst, Berkshire, told the Daily Mail: “We have twin daughters who were attacked by a crocodile while traveling around Mexico. Melissa is alive but we don’t know if her injuries are life-threatening. She has water in her lungs and coughs up blood. So we don’t know if she has a punctured lung.”
People visiting the Manialtepec lagoon are warned that crocodiles up to 3m long live there. However, Georgia’s father insists his daughters are “guaranteed by the tour company that there are no crocodiles in the water”.
“My daughters asked if it was safe to swim and the guide said yes,” said Sean, 63.
The twins have been traveling the world together since March and are expected to return to the UK in November. But after the above incident, the parents of Georgia and Melissa are considering flying to Mexico to bring their child home.
A UK Foreign Office spokesman said it was supporting Georgia’s family and was in contact with local authorities.
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