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A brave British diver leapt into action and punched a crocodile in the face to save her identical twin sister from its jaws at the weekend.

Georgia Laurie and her sister Melissa, 28, are back-packing around the world, and have currently been working in and volunteering at animal sanctuaries in Mexico. They had gone to Manialtepec Lagoon near Puerto Escondido on Sunday night to see the glowing bioluminescent waters and resident turtles.

Georgia and twin sister Melissa.

However, while they were swimming, a crocodile grabbed Melissa and dragged her under the water. Experienced diver Georgia frantically searched for her sister and eventually found her floating face-down and unresponsive on the surface.

As she was swimming back to the boat, the crocodile returned and Georgia had to fight it off, punching it to keep it at bay until they could get out of the water.

Both women are now in hospital suffering from bite wounds, and Melissa has been placed into a medically induced coma as doctors are worried about risks of infection from the water they were in, and anything that could have come from the croc's mouth. She possibly has a punctured lung, and is receiving help to breathe.

Apparently, there are warning signs that crocodiles up to three metres plus live in the lagoon, but according to the twins' father, they had been assured by the tour company they were with that there were no crocs in the water and it was safe to go swimming.

Photo credit: Hana Laurie / Facebook

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.



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