A British tourist has been left fighting for her life in Mexico after being saved from the jaws of a crocodile by her identical twin.
Melissa Laurie, 28, was dragged under the water by the animal while swimming after dark in a lagoon with her sister Georgia. The attack has left Melissa with severe injuries, in a medically induced coma, The Times reported.
The attack happened after nightfall near in the Pacific surfing resort of Puerto Escondido. Both women received injuries in the attack.
Melissa is a zookeeper and experienced diver, however she did not see the attack coming.
The twins had taken the night trip to the Manialtepec Lagoon, their father Sean told the Mail Online. Glowing plankton has made the coastal lagoons popular attractions for swimmers, although there are warnings that crocodiles also inhabit the waters.
"They were swimming after dark in the bioluminescent waters when Georgia heard Melissa cry out," he said.
"She called for her but she didn't reply. She could hear other members of the tour group but not did not hear anything from her sister. So, she went under looking for her."
Sean described how they had discovered his daughter only for a second attack to come from the crocodile.
"After several minutes she found Melissa floating face down on the surface. But when she was bringing her back to the boat the crocodile attacked again.
"Georgia had to fight it off. She kept punching it in the head. She suffered lacerations, bite wounds too.
"She was very brave," he said.
Older sister Hana, 33, in the UK told BBC radio she was grateful Melissa's "super-badass twin sister was there to punch it [the crocodile] repeatedly - as it came back about three times - to try and save her."
She said both Melissa and Georgia were put on a course of intravenous antibiotics out of caution of bacteria from crocodile bites and lagoon water. Melissa, who received serious injuries, was put into a medically induced coma to prevent damage from infection.
"I'd have one less sister if I didn't have such an excellent other sister," said Hana
Having been travelling the world since March, the twins were due to return home to the UK in November.
The girls' parents are attempting to fly out to visit their daughters, but this is complicated by Covid restrictions. Mexico is an 'Amber List' country, requiring UK citizens to quarantine for 10 days on return.
In a statement, the British Foreign Office confirmed that they were assisting the family.
"We are supporting the family of two British women who are in hospital in Mexico, and are in contact with the local authorities," a UK Foreign Office spokesperson said.