We still have nightmares horror crocodile attack in Mexico, Brit twins reveal

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The sisters, both 28, were among a group of tourists who were taken to swim in a lagoon by a tour guide, without realising it was a nesting ground for crocodiles

Georgia (right) saved Melissa from the jaws of a crocodile
Georgia (right) saved Melissa from the jaws of a crocodile

Twin sisters who survived being attacked by a seven foot crocodile in Mexico have revealed they both suffer for PTSD six months on from the terrifying ordeal.

It comes as the women, Georgia and Melissa Laurie, passed on a message to British backpacker Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, who suffered a similar attack in Zambia.

The sisters, both 28, were among a group of tourists who were taken to swim in a lagoon by a tour guide, without realising it was a nesting ground for crocodiles.

While Melissa struggles to remember the incident, Georgia vividly remembers fighting off the animal to save her sister.

Six months on from the horrifying attack in June, Georgia told The Sun newspaper she still has nightmares about the moment the crocodile bit Melissa, who was left fighting for her life.


The sisters were in a lagoon near Puerto Escondido
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She said: “It doesn’t feel real. It’s hard to believe I did actually smack a crocodile in the face and save her life. I dream about crocodiles or Melissa being in pain at least once a week.

“In one recently we were in kayaks and we were paddling away. Then this massive crocodile started following us so we started padding faster but it’s catching up. In my dream I was calling for my parents. But when I turned around it tipped up your kayak and then it had her entire body in its mouth.

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“I was punching it but it wouldn’t let go and you were screaming and no one I came to help and it’s just like blackness. And then I woke up.”

They each paid 90p to travel by van to El Guayacan restaurant on the edge of the lagoon, where the tour started at 4pm on Sunday.

Melissa was dragged beneath the water and her sister dived into search for her
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However, the river is a nesting area for crocodiles using the mangroves to hide their eggs.

According to Guillermo Silva, a civil protection coordinator who is investigating the attack, the sisters had swum around 250 metres upriver, further away from the beach where the other tourists were.

Melissa was then taken in the reptile’s jaws, which dragged her underwater and tried to drown her with a ‘death roll’.

After initially losing sight of her sister, Georgia swam to the aid of her twin, repeatedly punching the crocodile in the head before dragging her sibling by the hair to a boat.

It comes as Briton Amelie Osborn-Smith suffered a similar ordeal while she was on a white water rafting trip in Zambia.

The horrific attack happened just after the guides stopped the tour for lunch in a “quiet stretch, between rapids” and left her with her foot hanging off.

Thankfully, despite fears the limb would have to be amputated, doctors managed to save it.

Melissa and Georgia Laurie, 28, were swimming in a lagoon when the crocodile struck
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The Laurie twins, from Sandhurst, Berks, said: “Not only did we feel incredibly saddened by the news but also concerned for how the trauma will come to affect her and all those that were involved in her rescue.

“We can fully empathise with what this beautiful young woman has been through and would like to wish her all the best in her physical and mental recovery.

“We hope through our shared experience she will be comforted by the fact that she is not alone if she is ever struggling to come to terms with what happened.

“We have so much admiration for her incredible strength and bravery and we would like to extend our full support and love to her and her family.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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