Woman punches crocodile to save twin from predator's death roll

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A woman says she had to channel “Crocodile Dundee” to save her twin sister from the ferocious grasp of a crocodile.

British backpackers Georgia and Melissa Laurie, both 28, told The Sun they were visiting a lagoon in Puerto Escondido in southern Mexico last week when Melissa was attacked.

The pair claim the crocodile was more than two metres and pulled Melissa underwater in a "death roll".

Sisters Georgia and Melissa Laurie, both 28, are pictured.
Sisters Georgia and Melissa Laurie, both 28, were attacked by a crocodile in a Mexican lagoon. Source: GoFundMe

But Georgia leapt into action.

“I punched it in the nose with both fists and it felt hard, like hitting a table, but it scared it off,” Georgia told the paper.

Georgia joked: “I’m like Crocodile Dundee”.

She then took her sister back to the boat and had to continue warding off the predator.

Georgia said she had to fight off the crocodile three times.

Fortunately, the boat took them to safety but Melissa was hospitalised with stomach lacerations, a fractured wrist and puncture wounds.

A crocodile is pictured.
Both twins are nursing injuries after the attack. Source: Getty Images, file

Georgia was also hospitalised but has since been discharged.

She told the BBC her sister had to be placed into a medically-induced coma and had to be intubated. That tube has since been removed.

"She's been breathing on her own very well,” she said.

"She can't talk because of the soreness in her throat from the tube."

The twins’ older sister Hana wrote on a GoFundMe page, her younger sister “is very bruised, has two black eyes and deep cuts to her face, torso and leg where the crocodile has bitten and scratched her”.

It’s expected she will spend the next fortnight in hospital.

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