British zookeeper, 28, fights for her life in Mexico after being attacked by a crocodile

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A British woman fights for her life in a hospital in Mexico after being rescued from the jaws of a crocodile by her identical twin sister.

Melissa Laurie, 28, was swimming overnight with her twin sister Georgia in a lagoon 10 miles from Puerto Escondido, a surf resort popular with British holidaymakers, when the beast struck and dragged her underwater.

In the chaos, Georgia called her sister and ducked underwater to look for her when she didn’t answer.

Struggling desperately in the darkness, after a few minutes of frantically searching, she found Melissa face down on the surface.

Melissa Laurie (left) had been swimming in a loagon at night when she was attacked by a crocodile, leaving Sister Georgia wading after her

Melissa Laurie (left) had been swimming in a loagon at night when she was attacked by a crocodile, leaving Sister Georgia wading after her

The crocodile attacked both sisters as they waded to shore, with Georgia having to hit him several times to escape (stock image)

The crocodile attacked both sisters as they waded to shore, with Georgia having to hit him several times to escape (stock image)

But as she cradled her sister in her arms and swam toward the boat, the crocodile attacked the women again as Georgia fought it off, punching the predator until it let go.

The sisters’ mother, Sue Laurie, of Sandhurst, Berkshire, said both women suffered horrific bite marks as Melissa nearly drowned.

Speaking to MailOnline, Sue said both sisters were rushed to hospital, where Melissa is in a coma.

Her mother Sue Laurie told MailOnline: “We have twin daughters traveling through Mexico who were attacked by a crocodile last night.

“Melissa is alive, but we don’t know if her injuries are life-threatening or not.

“She’s got water in her lungs and she’s coughing up blood. So we don’t know if she has a punctured lung or not.

“She was put into an artificial coma.”

Her father Sean told how Melissa, a zookeeper, was saved from certain death by her sister.

Twins Melissa and Georgia Laurie, now both 28, when they were babies, dressed in identical clothes

Twins Melissa and Georgia Laurie, now both 28, when they were babies, dressed in identical clothes

Melissa and Georgia Laurie, pictured as schoolchildren, were on a dream trip to Mexico when disaster struck

Melissa and Georgia Laurie, pictured as schoolchildren, were on a dream trip to Mexico when disaster struck

He said, “Georgia fought 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 dark in the glowing water when Georgia heard Melissa scream.

‘She called for her, but she didn’t answer. She could hear other members of the tour group, but heard nothing from her sister.

“So she went looking for her. She was very brave.

The twins' parents, Sue and Sean Laurie, said both their daughters had bite marks from the predator

The twins’ parents, Sue and Sean Laurie, said both their daughters had bite marks from the predator

“After a few minutes she found Melissa floating face down on the surface.

“But when she brought her back to the boat, the crocodile attacked again.

“Georgia had to fight it out. She just kept hitting on 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 phenomenon with bioluminescence.

Rich in biodiversity, the lagoon is formed by saltwater from the Pacific Ocean, freshwater from the Manialtepec River, and the deep waters of the lagoon itself.

Tourists – like the British women – take guided tours at night to look at the unique glowing luminous water at night. Swimmers are warned that crocodiles that can grow up to ten feet long live in the lagoon.

Despite the warnings, the twins’ father claims the sisters were assured by their tour company 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 out in London

Parents Sue and Sean with their daughters Helen (left) and twins Melissa and Georgia on a day out in London

Melissa (left), a zookeeper, was saved from certain death by her sister who bravely went into the water to look for her

Melissa (left), a zookeeper, was saved from certain death by her sister who bravely went into the water to look for her

The twins were assured by the travel agency that the lagoon was clear of crocodiles before the crocodile attackaanval

The twins were assured by the travel agency that the lagoon was clear of crocodiles before the crocodile attackaanval

Mr Laurie, 63, business consultant, explains: ‘The girls specifically asked if it was safe to go swimming and the guide said it was.’

The sisters were backpacking around the world. They left the UK in March and planned to return in November.

But the twins’ parents are now considering whether to fly to Mexico to bring them home.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told MailOnline: “We are supporting the families of two British women who are hospitalized in Mexico and are in contact with local authorities.”

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