A teenager miraculously survived after being attacked by a giant crocodile while going for a midnight swim off a Mexican beach.
Kiana Hummel, 18, was taking a midnight dip in the ocean with her friend near her Marriot resort in Puerto Vallerta when the 12-foot-long beast attacked her.
Hummel said the croc grabbed her leg and tried to pull her into the water as she screamed for help.
The frightened teen tried to remain calm as she was pulled underwater, hitting the croc until it let go of her.
She was almost out of the water when the croc grabbed her left ankle and dragged her back underwater.
A group of people that gathered was able to get the croc off of Hummel and bring her to safety, the Sun reports.
Hummel said: "I just remember saying, please don't leave me.
"I didn't think I was getting out that second time. That was just really bad."
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Among the witnesses was Sarah Laney, a woman also on vacation, who heard Hummel's cries and ran to help the frightened teen.
"It was most definitely one of the craziest, scariest things I've ever experienced," Laney told ABC7.
"Honestly, I will never forget it when the crocodile's head came above water. I just went into shock."
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Although she's lucky not to have lost any limbs and even be alive at all, Hummel has extensive muscle and tissue damage down to the bone, rendering her unable to walk.
It took 45 minutes for an ambulance to take Hummel to the hospital, where she was allegedly forced to pay thousands before giving her any treatment.
A GoFundMe has been created to help Hummel with her expenses.
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The hotel has now improved its safety measures to prevent further guests from coming to harm.
Marriott spokesperson Kerstin Sachl said: "The safety and security of our guests and associates are our top priority, and we can confirm that appropriate signage, as well as night patrolling and red flags, were and are properly in place.
"We review our plans and procedures often and work closely with the appropriate authorities on an ongoing basis," she continued. "Our staff is trained in how to respond to safety matters appropriately. We encourage all guests to be vigilant for their safety."
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