A 28-year-old British woman is reportedly fighting for her life in Mexico after being attacked by a crocodile — which her twin sister fearlessly fought off.
Melissa Laurie, a zookeeper, was swimming in a lagoon 10 miles from the popular resort of Puerto Escondido as a part of a tour with her sister, Georgia, when the predator attacked and pulled her underwater, the Daily Mail reported.
Georgia immediately sprang into action, diving under water to search frantically for her sister – before finding her floating face-down on the surface a few minutes later, according to the outlet.
As she grasped her sister and swam toward a boat, the beast returned and attacked both women — but Georgia gamely fought back with a well-placed punch.
Their mom, Sue Laurie, told the Daily Mail that the women suffered severe bite injuries and that Melissa, who was placed in an induced coma, came close to drowning.
“She has water on her lungs and she has been coughing up blood. So we don’t know if she has a punctured lung or not,” she said.
Their father, Sean Laurie, 63, said his daughters were taking part in a night swimming tour of the bioluminescent waters when Georgia heard Melissa cry out.
“She called for her but she didn’t reply. She could hear other members of the tour group but not did not hear anything from her sister. So she went under looking for her. She was very brave,” he said.
“It was only because she is a diver and has life-saving experience that she was able to save her,” he added.
The Manialtepec Lagoon, which is rich in biodiversity, is created by saltwater from the Pacific Ocean and freshwater from the Manialtepec River, according to the report.
Visitors take night tours to observe the unique glowing bioluminescent waters — and are warned that crocodiles as long as 10 feet long live in the lagoon.
“The girls asked specifically if it was safe to go swimming and the guide had said it was,” their father told the Daily Mail.
The twins left the UK in March and planned to return in November after back-packing around the world.
“We are supporting the family of two British women who are in hospital in Mexico, and are in contact with the local authorities,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman told the outlet.