A pair of British twins survive a horrific crocodile attack after being thrown by a monster into a river in Mexico. Georgia Laurie, 28, managed to save her sister Melissa from her, who was swimming in the Manialtepec lagoon, hitting the animal three times in the face.
The twin pair are Berkshire-born backpackers who have traveled the world together since March. The sisters planned to return home in November. The two women were volunteering with animals in the country and were taking a break when the crocodile attacked. The couple had taken a boat tour of the Manialtepec lagoon, near the resort town of Puerto Escondido, with friends, recommended by their hostel, which was already locally suspected of organizing illegal tours. They later discovered that the tour guide was not registered and had taken them to an “unsafe” place to swim that was not approved.
What happened to Melissa Laurie?
While swimming in the bioluminescent waters of the river, Melissa was dragged into the water by the animal and thrown “like a rag doll” on Sunday, June 6, 2021. The couple was The Great Reptile that had dragged 28-year-old zoo keeper Melissa to a list of the dead just after 6 p.m. Sunday on the Manialtepec River near the resort town of Puerto Escondido. Her brave twin Georgia hers, who found her floating face down on the surface, battled the beast and dragged her sister out of the water as her friends called for help. As she dragged her twin to safety, the crocodile attacked again and attacked both women. Horrified locals said the twins were found covered in blood and bitten to the bone after being attacked by the predator. A local tour guide, Gerardo Escamilla Pérez, known as ‘Lalo’, spoke about how he was able to help the twins with an oar after the attack before an ambulance took them to hospital. He also claimed that they had in fact been swimming next to a mangrove in the river and NOT in the nearby Manialtepec lagoon, which is a paradise for swimming tourists. Meanwhile, the tour guide, who went missing in the aftermath of the incident, is believed to be a German national with no affiliation with the local tourism authority.
Melissa had been placed in a medically induced coma after suffering fatal injuries to her stomach and legs that became infected and resulted in sepsis. On June 11, 2021, her twin revealed that she has now awakened from the coma and is recovering. “She is doing much better. She is doing very well,” Georgia told Radio 1 Newsbeat in a WhatsApp voice memo. She added that they removed the tubes that were inserted to help her twin breathe. “She has been breathing on her own very well. She “She can’t speak because of tube pain, but she can hear.”
Their older sister, Hana Laurie, 33, had previously told BBC Breakfast that Melissa’s situation was “still really serious” and that “we’re not relaxing just yet”. She added that Melissa had “a lot of water and grass and things in her lungs.” Georgia hass been discharged from hospital, having being treated for her hand injuries.