Two British women are recovering from a crocodile attack in the Manialtepec lagoon near the surf and beach destination of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca state along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. The attack occurred late Sunday when the two Britons were swimming. Mexican authorities have not identified the victims but media reported that the women are twin sisters Melissa and Georgia Laurie, 28, who had been volunteering and traveling in Mexico. The crocodile grabbed Melissa and dragged her under. Her sister Georgia “started hitting” the animal. One of the women underwent surgery and was in an induced coma. Melissa remained in a critical condition because her bite wounds had become infected and she developed sepsis. Many questions are remaining unsolved about this crocodile attack. One is about the guide who took them to the lagoon. It appeared to be unlicensed and operating illegally.
The lagoon is known for its stands of mangroves and for brackish waters that turn bioluminescent at some times of the year. The rainy season is favorable for crocodile activity.Manialtepec is considered an alternative to Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Lodging are 30% lower than other beach destinations in Mexico. Puerto Escondido offers several long, golden sand beaches that are ideal for taking walks during the early morning and evenings. It’s also got gymnasiums, spas and a thriving yoga scene with group and individual classes.