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British woman, 28, fighting for life after identical twin sister rescues her from jaws of crocodile in Mexican lagoon

A BRITISH woman is fighting for her life after being rescued from the jaws of a crocodile by her identical twin sister in Mexico.

Melissa Laurie, 28, was struck by the beast and dragged underwater while she was swimming in a lagoon at night with her twin Georgia.

The British twins were attacked by the crocodile – leaving Melissa in a critical condition
Melissa Laurie (left) had been swimming in a lagoon at night when she was attacked by a crocodile
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Swimmers who visit the Manialtepec Lagoon are warned that there are crocodiles that can grow up to ten feet long[/caption]

Georgia found her sister floating face-down on the surface of the water, 10 miles from Puerto Escondido – which is a popular surfing resort.

But as she carried her twin to safety, the crocodile attacked the girls again – but Georgia was able to fend off the predator and swim to the boat.

Their mum, from from Sandhurst, in Berkshire, said both girls had terrible bite marks – while Melissa remains in a coma.

Mum Sue Laurie told MailOnline: “We have twin daughters who are travelling around Mexico were attacked by a crocodile last night.

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

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

“She has been put into a medically induced coma.”

Melissa and her twin sister were travelling the world when the ordeal happened

The pair had been on a boat trip to the Manialtepec Lagoon – which is known for its unique glowing bioluminescent waters at night.

Their dad Sean said: “They were swimming after dark in the bioluminescent waters when Georgia heard Melissa cry out.

“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.

“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.”

Swimmers who visit the Manialtepec Lagoon are warned that crocodiles that can grow up to ten feet long live in the lagoon. 

CROC ATTACK

Despite the warnings, the twins’ father claims that the sisters were assured by their tour company that there were no crocodiles in the water.

The twins had been spending the last few months travelling the world – after leaving the UK in March.

But following the ordeal, their parents are now considering flying out to Mexico to bring them home.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of two British women who are in hospital in Mexico, and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Earlier this year, a dog was filmed being attacked and dragged underwater to its death by a crocodile in India.

A clip filmed at the scene shows the whimpering dog drinking from Chambal River in Rajasthan, India, as the large reptile gets closer.

In the video, the crocodile can be seen lurking below the surface of the water, but the thirsty animal does not seem to notice the danger.

The dog continues to wander through shallow water on the river bank and people can be heard talking to each other as they film the upcoming attack.

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