Pictured: Rogue German tour guide who led British twin sisters to crocodile infested lagoon

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The British backpacker who was rescued from the jaws of a crocodile by her twin sister in Mexico has emerged from a coma and is breathing independently.

Melissa Laurie, 28, has been in a induced coma for four days and subsequently developed sepsis from her injuries.

Her sister Georgia saved the zookeeper by hitting the crocodile on the head as he tried to drag her underwater.

The couple, from Berkshire, were on a wildlife tour of the West Pacific Coast when they were attacked by the 10ft predator.

Georgia spoke for the first time since the attack and told her family that Melissa was out of her coma and her condition was improving.

She said: ‘Melissa recognized me and she smiled at me. She is really doing a lot better. She is doing really well.

Melissa Laurie (left) emerged from her induced coma after being rescued from the jaws of a crocodile by her sister Georgia (right)

It was the rogue tour guide who led British twin sisters Melissa and Georgia Laurie into the jaws of a ten foot crocodile, leaving one to fight for her life in hospital

It was the rogue tour guide who led British twin sisters Melissa and Georgia Laurie into the jaws of a ten foot crocodile, leaving one to fight for her life in hospital

Georgia added, in a WhatsApp voicemail message to her family: “She breathes very well on her own.

“She can’t speak because of the pain in the tube, but she can hear.”

Their mother Sue said, “Melissa is no longer intubating. She has emerged from the induced coma and is breathing on her own. She recognized Georgia. This is really very good news.

“We were worried because we didn’t know how long she had been under water without oxygen. ‘

It comes as it was revealed that a rogue guide led the British sisters through crocodile infested waters on an unlicensed tour.

The German backpacker, known locally as “Richie”, organized the swim in the Manialtepec lagoon, 16 km from Puerto Escondido, where the predator shot Melissa underwater.

Georgia (right) spoke for the first time since the attack and told her family Melissa is out of her coma and her condition is improving

Georgia (right) spoke for the first time since the attack and told her family Melissa is out of her coma and her condition is improving

The twins, from Berkshire, swam during the day in a lagoon in Mexico - about 10 miles from Puerto Escondido

The twins, from Berkshire, swam during the day in a lagoon in Mexico – about 10 miles from Puerto Escondido

The sisters were part of a group of 25 foreign tourists taken by the unlicensed and inexperienced guide to a part of the lagoon where crocodiles breed and raise their young on Sunday evening.

Richie, who is a backpacker who runs unlicensed tours to fund his trip, agreed to take the twins along after meeting them at a hostel in Puerto Escondido, a popular surf resort.

However, due to his ignorance of the lagoon, he took the women to a crocodile nesting area where the reptiles fiercely protect their eggs.

He took the sisters on a bioluminescent tour where tourists marvel at the brilliant blue waters rich in plankton at dusk that stand across the ten mile long lagoon.

The German backpacker, known locally as

The German backpacker, known locally as “Richie”, organized the swim in the lagoon of Manialtepec

Melissa (left) was attacked by a crocodile which dragged her underwater before Georgia (right) repeatedly struck the beast in an attempt to save her sister.

Melissa (left) was attacked by a crocodile which dragged her underwater before Georgia (right) repeatedly struck the beast in an attempt to save her sister.

Melissa was half-drowned and suffered horrific injuries to her arms, legs and face, some of which became septic. Doctors put her in an induced coma to help her recover.

Georgia also suffered numerous bites to her arms and hands. A crocodile bite crossed the palm of his hand.

Rogue guide Richie visited the sisters in the hospital on Sunday and fled after seeing the extent of their injuries.

The German declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline today [Thursday].

Local wildlife experts believe the sisters may have been attacked by a female crocodile protecting her eggs.

Civil protection officer Guillermo Silva told Mexico’s environmental news website ecosdelpacifico.com: “We have been alerted to a report of a crocodile attack on some people.

“We went to where it took place to check the facts.

“We found the area where people entered the lagoon and swam upstream for about 200 meters.

“We could see footprints in the grass where the attack took place.”

“It’s not a tourist area, it’s an area where female crocodiles nest at this time of year.

“It’s the rainy season and it makes it easier for crocodiles to nest.

“It is possible that the attack took place because a nesting crocodile was defending its eggs.”

Licensed tour operator Arturo Venegas has confirmed that the area the sisters go to swim in is well-known crocodile habitat (archive image)

Licensed tour operator Arturo Venegas has confirmed that the area the sisters go to swim in is well-known crocodile habitat (archive image)

His colleague José Antonio Ramírez added: “We know that there are a lot of crocodiles in this particular area of ​​the lagoon”.

Licensed tour operator Arturo Venegas has confirmed that the area where the sisters go swimming is a well-known crocodile habitat.

He said: “We know that this part of the lagoon is frequented by a lot of these animals.

“We learn that the sisters entered the water through the grass and it was there that one of the girls was attacked by the crocodile.”

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