BRIT twins have survived a terrifying crocodile attack after being pounced on by the beast in a river in Mexico.
Georgia Laurie, 28, was able to save her sister Melissa who was swimming at the Manialtepec Lagoon by punching the animal in the face three times.
Who are Melissa and Georgia Laurie?
The twins are Berkshire-born backpackers who had been travelling around the world together since March 2021.
The sisters were planning to arrive home in November 2021.
The two women were volunteering with animals in the country and had been taking a break when the crocodile attacked.
The pair had taken a riverboat tour of the Manialtepec Lagoon with friends, close to the resort town of Puerto Escondido, with a guide who was already suspected locally of organising illegal tours.
They later found out the tour guide was not registered – and had taken them to an “unsafe” swimming spot which was not approved.
What happened to Melissa Laurie?
While swimming in the bioluminescent waters of the river, Melissa was dragged into the water by the crocodile and thrown “around like a rag doll” at around 6pm on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
The beast dragged zookeeper Melissa, 28, into a death-roll in the Manialtepec river, close to the resort town of Puerto Escondido.
Her brave twin Georgia who found her floating face down on the surface fought off the beast and dragged her sister out of the water while their friends called for help.
As she dragged her twin to safety, the crocodile attacked again and savaged both women.
Horrified locals said the twins were found covered in blood and bitten to the bone after being savaged by the predator.
A local tour guide Gerardo Escamilla Perez, known as “Lalo” spoke about how he was able to help the twins using an oar before an ambulance transferred them to hospital.
He also claimed that they had in-fact been swimming by a mangrove in the river and NOT in the nearby Manialtepec lagoon, which is a haven for swimming tourists.
Meanwhile, the tour guide – who has vanished in the wake of the incident – is believed to be a German national with no affiliation with the local tourism authority.
How are Melissa and Georgia Laurie doing?
Melissa had been placed in a medically induced coma after suffering life-threatening wounds on her stomach and legs which became infected and had resulted in sepsis.
On June 11, 2021, her twin revealed she has now woken from the coma and is in recovery.
Georgia told Radio 1 Newsbeat in a WhatsApp voice note: “She’s doing really much better. She’s doing really good.”
She added that the tubes inserted to help her twin breathe were taken out
She added: “She’s been breathing on her own very well.
“She can’t talk because of the soreness of the tube but she can hear.”
Their older sister, Hana Laurie, 33, told BBC Breakfast that Melissa’s situation was “still really serious” and that “we’re not relaxing just yet”.
She added that Melissa had “a lot of water and grass and things in her lungs”.
Georgia has been discharged from hospital, having been treated for her hand injuries.