California teenager barely escaped with her life after a 12-foot crocodile bit her leg and wouldn't let go at a Mexican resort
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A Northern California woman, Kiana Hummel, 18, survived a crocodile attack while night swimming at the Marriott beach resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The 12-foot animal bit her leg and dragged her screaming into the water. Fortunately, her friend and four good Samaritans were able to save her.

Speaking from her hospital bed at Marin General Hospital, Hummel said that she was grateful that people were there to help.

“Without them, I don’t think I would have gotten out.”

Sarah Laney, 34, a witness to the incident, was with her friends when she heard Hummel’s screams and rushed to help.

“We’d get her a foot out of the water, and then the crocodile would pull her back in. It happened about 4-5 times. It was really a tug-o-war,” Laney said.

“We have appropriate signage and red flags in place, as well as night patrolling,” Krestin Sachl, a spokeswoman for Marriott properties, said in a prepared statement.

“We work with appropriate authorities closely, and our staff is trained to respond to safety matters appropriately. We encourage guests to be vigilant”.

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