The two twin sisters that had a brush with death after one of them was seized by a crocodile while they were on holiday in Mexico had unwittingly been taken to an “illegal” swimming spot by an unlicensed tour guide, according to their older sister.

Melissa Laurie was dragged beneath the waters of a picturesque lagoon by a crocodile as she was swimming at night with her twin Georgia.

Georgia fought off the beast and is currently in hospital recovering from injuries to her hands while Melissa has been placed in a medically-induced coma.

Now their older sister Hana, 33, says the two women should never have been taken to the glowing waters of the Manialtepec Lagoon.

She told The Sun the tour guide the pair had hired was “unlicensed” and has been conducting “illegal tours in unsafe, unregistered areas” for some time.

"He's gone to where the crocodiles live and not the location where all legal certified sanctioned tours take place," she said.

"He has been called out locally before, apparently, but that wasn't for my sisters to know.”

She says that they only discovered the truth after they were both in hospital.

Their dad Sean told Mail Online his daughters had assured by their tour company that there were no crocodiles in the water.

"The girls asked specifically if it was safe to go swimming and the guide had said it was," he said.

The girls’ mum Sue Laurie says she’s “really proud” of Georgia’s heroic actions but added that she hasn’t yet been told if Melissa's injuries are life-threatening or not.

She isn’t sure yet whether she and Sean will be able to fly over to Mexico to support the twins.

The fact that the country has been added to the UK government’s amber list, as well as the expense of the trip, is making that complicated.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are supporting the family of two British women who are in hospital in Mexico, and are in contact with the local authorities."

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