A British backpacker who was attacked by a crocodile while swimming in Mexico says she thought she was going to die.
Twins Melissa and Georgia Laurie, 28, were swimming in a lagoon near Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca state with a tour group when Melissa was dragged underwater and the reptile attacked.
She told the Sun: “I screamed: ‘S**t! It’s a crocodile, we need to turn back immediately.’
“I saw its eyes and the shape of its head just above the water and in that moment, I thought, we are in trouble.”
Melissa said she remembered being pulled underwater and screaming and thought she was going to die.
“My mind was racing with thoughts, that I’m not going to see my family or Georgia and that she’s going to have to deal with repatriating my body back to the UK.
“I don’t remember ever reaching the surface again so I must have passed out.”
Georgia managed to save her sister by punching the 10-foot reptile repeatedly in the face and pulling her to safety by her hair.
“I didn’t feel anything, no pain, but I thought my arm had been ripped off where it had bitten,” Melissa told the paper.
Both women were taken to hospital, and Melissa suffered deep bites to her body, legs, hands and wrists.
She also had an arm fracture and developed sepsis and was placed in an induced coma.
The pair’s parents, Sue and Sean, flew over to Puerto Escondido, Mexico to see them and the twins plan to return to the UK to continue Melissa’s recovery.
Asked earlier by the BBC if she felt like a hero, Georgia said: "It’s a difficult one. I don’t. I think maybe that comes down to self-esteem.
"If someone told me the same story, I’d say ‘Wow! That’s so brave of you, you’re a hero!’ But it’s hard to believe compliments yourself when someone says these things to you."