Hero Brit who fought off crocodile as it dragged her twin sister in a death roll at Mexican lagoon jokes ‘I’m like Crocodile Dundee’ as she reveals she punched 10ft monster with both fists to scare it away
- Melissa and Georgie Laurie, 28, were swimming in lagoon when the croc struck
- Melissa was dragged beneath the water and her sister dived in to search for her
- Georgia punched the reptile ‘in the nose with both fists’, managed to scare it off
- Parents and Georgia claim the guide told the twins the water was safe to enter
The heroic British woman who fought off a crocodile as it dragged her twin sister in a death roll at a Mexican lagoon has joked she is ‘like Crocodile Dundee’.
Georgia Laurie, 28, cracked the joke as she revealed she punched the beast with both hands to scare it away from her twin.
‘It was trying to take her away,’ Georgia said. ‘I punched it in the nose with both fists and it felt hard, like hitting a table, but it scared it off.’
The incident happened last Sunday evening when the sisters were taken on an ‘illegal’ tour of a reptile-infested Manialtepec lagoon by a rogue German guide, known locally as ‘Richie’.
Georgia Laurie (right) has revealed how she punched the crocodile with both hands to free her sister
Georgia Laurie is seen outside the hospital in Puerto Escondido in Mexico, where here sister is recovering from the crocodile attack
The twins were taking a dip in the croc infested water when they were ambushed by the 10ft reptile, which dragged zoo keeper Melissa under water in a vicious ‘death roll’.
Georgia said: ‘No one warned us there were crocodiles there at all. We hadn’t been drinking, there was no alcohol involved.
‘We were just there for a chill-out. Melissa swan off by herself and got into trouble. I didn’t know what was happening but I swan towards her.’
As she got closer Georgia, a qualified diver, noticed the reptile viciously attacking her sister.
‘I saw her getting jerked around and I saw a croc’s head which was about two feet long. The croc swam off, but kept coming back,’ she said, the Sun reported.
‘That’s when it grabbed her by the leg and got her in a death roll. She went round and round and it was trying to drag her away.
‘I was pounding it, and that’s when it grabbed me and bit my arm. I bashed it with the other hand and it let me go. That happened three times.
‘The croc battle seemed to go on a long time but adrenalin kicked in.’
Georgia Laurie has jokingly described herself as Crocodile Dundee after saving her sister from a 10ft croc in Manialtepec lagoon, Mexico
Georgia (right) added that Melissa is out of the medically induced coma that doctors placed her in to aid her recovery
The twins from Sandhurst, Berkshire, are on a world tour and were planning to return to the UK in November
Melissa was then pulled from the water by Georgia with the help of Moises Salinas, a 16-year-old deck hand on a tour boat named Espatula Rosada.
Salinas jumped into the shallow murky waters along the Manialtepec River and helped pull Melissa onto the boat before rushing her and her sister to a waiting ambulance 20 minutes away.
Once Melissa was on the boat, the extent of her injuries became clear, Georgia said.
‘She had puncture wounds everywhere but wasn’t bleeding out. She was drifting in and out of consciousness,
‘The thing that worried me was she was coughing up blood and saying, ‘I’m drowning, I’m drowning’. It was scary, and she screamed too.
‘I thought of how I had seen her face down in the water for a long time, so I was worried how much water she had swallowed.’
Once at hospital, Georgia explained: ‘the doctors were worried about her lungs, because they thought she may have got pneumonia from an infection.
‘I had to sign some papers saying treatment could go ahead, which included an induced coma. That was scary, because it seemed touch and go.’
Melissa was woken from the coma last week and in a short voice message from her hospital bed told MailOnline: ‘I am extremely grateful that I came out of this alive.
‘And that I had Georgia fight my side for me. So I am very happy for that.’
Melissa suffered terrible injuries from the attack including deep bites to her body, legs, hands and wrists – some of which turned septic. She also suffered a suspected punctured lung.
Melissa Laurie (right) suffered terrible injuries from the attack including deep bites to her body, legs, hands and wrists – some of which turned septic
Melissa and Georgia Laurie, pictured as schoolchildren, had been on a dream trip to Mexico when tragedy struck
The twins’ parents, Sue and Sean Laurie, said their medical bill was ‘eye-watering!’
Mum Sue Laurie told MailOnline: ‘Georgia sent us a picture of her in hospital bed in intensive care and we’ve seen Melissa for the first time.
‘She is looking quite a bit better. She has traces of black eyes and a scratch on her face.
‘She still has monitors on her fingers – she’s still all wired up. And she has an oxygen tube going into her nose. But it’s great to see to see her.
‘She is trying to smile but it’s obvious that she is in a lot of pain.’
The family have also received the first medical bill for Melissa’s treatment, which dad Sean has described as ‘eye-watering!’ at £11,000.
A GoFundMe page set up for the family has so far raised over £43,800. .
The sisters had been back-packing around the world. They left the UK in March and planned to return in November. The twins parents are flying out to Mexico to support the girls next week.
The tour guide reportedly told the twins it was safe to swim in the water of Manialtepec Lagoon (stock image)
Georgia added that she had checked with the tour guide whether it was a safe place to swim before she and her sister went into the water. Pictured: Manialtepec Lagoon
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