Crocodile attack twin: You have to fight for the people you love

You have to fight for the people you love, says woman who saved her twin sister from crocodile

Crocodile attack twin: You have to fight for the people you love Photo

In a vibrant hostel in a tucked-away corner of Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Georgia now sits, freshly discharged from hospital, tapping on her phone and surrounded by fellow backpackers, trying to make sense of the past few days.

She and her twin sister, Melissa, from Berkshire in southern England, decided with a few friends to join a riverboat tour of the nearby Manialtepec Lagoon. It is a hauntingly beautiful place - a site of unspoilt natural beauty, its mangroves teem with Mexicos rich wildlife and birds.

"I actually said to the guide, this looks like a place where crocodiles make their home", Georgia told me with a wry smile. The bandage wrapped tightly around her wrist is evidence that she was right.

The guide - apparently a German national who was not registered with the tourism authority and has since fled - insisted it was safe to swim. As the group enjoyed a dip in the cool of the early afternoon (not a midnight swim as was initially reported), Melissa was suddenly tugged underwater.

In what one local conservationist tells me was most likely a female crocodile defending its hatchlings, the animal went for Melissa on three separate occasions, puncturing her stomach and leg.

One of the friends, Ani, scrambled onto the mangroves and called for help. A nearby boat with a different tour group, heard the cries and headed towards the commotion.

"I pushed through the undergrowth using my oar," says Lalo Escamilla, the boatman and local ornithologist who waded into the shallow waters to help the twins.

Lalo took me to the site where the attack happened and explained that properly-trained boatmen like him are worried that the irresponsible actions of a rogue guide could harm their business.

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