IMAGE: The deceitful German backpacker guide who led British twin sisters to a crocodile-infested lagoon where they were attacked by a 10-foot-long beast, leaving a beast fighting for its life in hospital
- The guide known as Richie organized the tour to Manialtepec lagoonlag
- The backpacker organizes unlicensed tours to fund his travels in Mexico fund
- Melissa Laurie was dragged along by a 10-foot-tall crocodile and is fighting for her life
- Her twin sister Georgia fought off the predator by beating her head
This is the deceitful guide who led British twin sisters Melissa and Georgia Laurie into the jaws of a ten-foot crocodile, leaving one in the hospital for her life.
The German backpacker, known locally as ‘Richie’, organized the swim to Manialtepec Lagoon, 10 miles from Puerto Escondido, where the predator submerged Melissa and sent her into a terrifying death to drown her.
The 28-year-old zookeeper only survived because her twin brother Georgia fended off the ten-foot-tall beast by repeatedly punching it in the head while leading her sister to safety.
This is the deceitful guide that led British twin sisters Melissa and Georgia Laurie into the jaws of a ten-foot crocodile, and had a crocodile fight for her life in the hospital
Melissa and Georgia Laurie, both 28, from Berkshire, swam during the day in a lagoon in Mexico – about 10 miles from Puerto Escondido
The Berkshire sisters were among a group of 25 foreign tourists who were taken by the inexperienced and inexperienced guide to a part of the lagoon where crocodiles breed and raise their young on Sunday evening.
Richie, a backpacker who organizes unlicensed trips to fund his trips, agreed to take the twins with him after meeting them at a hostel in Puerto Escondido, a popular surf resort.
But due to his ignorance of the lagoon, he took the females to a crocodile breeding area where the reptiles fiercely protect their eggs.
He took the sisters on a bioluminescent tour where tourists marvel at the glowing blue plankton-rich waters held at dusk on the other side of the ten-mile lagoon.
The German backpacker, known locally as ‘Richie’, organized the swim trip to Manialtepec Lagoon
Melissa (left) was attacked by a crocodile that dragged her underwater before Georgia (right) repeatedly punched the beast in an attempt to save her sister
Melissa was half drowned and suffered horrific injuries to her arms, legs and face, some of which have become septic. Doctors put her in an artificial coma to help her recover.
Georgia also suffered extensive bite marks on her arms and hands. A crocodile bite went through the palm of her hand.
Rogue guide Richie visited the sisters in hospital on Sunday and fled after seeing the extent of their injuries.
The German declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline today [Thursday].
Local wildlife experts believe the sisters were attacked by a female crocodile protecting her eggs.
Civil Protection Officer Guillermo Silva told Mexico’s ecosdelpacifico.com environmental news website: “We received a report of a crocodile attack on some people.
“We went to where it took place to verify the facts.
“We found the area where people entered the lagoon and swam about 200 meters upstream.
“We could see footprints in the grass where the attack took place.”
‘This is not a tourist area, it is an area where female crocodiles nest at this time of year.
‘It’s the rainy season and that makes it easier for crocodiles to nest.
“It’s possible the attack happened because a nesting crocodile was defending her eggs.”
Licensed tour operator Arturo Venegas confirmed that the area where the sisters went swimming was a known crocodile habitat (file image)
His colleague, José Antonio Ramírez, added: “We know that there are many crocodiles in this particular part of the lagoon.”
Licensed tour operator Arturo Venegas confirmed that the area where the sisters went swimming was a known crocodile habitat.
He said: ‘We know that this part of the lagoon is frequented by many of these animals.
“We hear that the sisters went into the water through the weeds and one of the girls was attacked by the crocodile.”