California Teen Survived After Fighting Off a Crocodile That Dragged Her Underwater, Steps Away From a Mexico Resort

A teen’s summer vacation in Mexico became horrific when she claims she was dragged underwater by a 12-foot-long crocodile outside her Marriott Resort. According to ABC affiliate KGO, Kiana Hummel was on a pre-college trip when the frightening occurrence occurred just before midnight at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa.

Hummel and a friend had opted to swim in the ocean outside their Resort late at night. Hummel told KGO that when she was standing on the beach, the enormous reptile appeared from the ocean and grabbed her right leg, dragging her into the water.

Despite being dragged underwater, Hummel maintained her composure and proceeded to strike the reptile with all her might until it freed her leg. The teen thought she was on the verge of escaping at one point, but the crocodile grabbed her left ankle and dragged her back beneath the surface, she told KGO.

“I didn’t think I was getting out that second time,” Hummel recalled to the outlet from her hospital bed at MarinHealth Medical Center. “That was just really bad.”

As Hummel fought, onlookers heard the girl’s screams and hurried to assist, according to KGO.

“I just remember saying, ‘Please don’t leave me,'” Hummel shared with the outlet.

Sarah Laney, a St. Louis vacationer, and her friends were among those who came to provide a hand. She told KGO that they successfully removed Hummel from the crocodile’s grip and brought her to safety.

Hummel immediately called her mother, Ariana Martinez, who jumped on the next flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta upon learning of the frightening events.

Surprisingly, Hummel did not lose any limbs in the attack — but did have “extensive muscle and tissue damage,” according to a GoFundMe campaign established on her behalf by a friend to assist with medical expenses.

Marriott representative Kerstin Sachl tells PEOPLE that the Resort is aware of the incident.

“The safety and security of our guests and associates are our top priority. At the Marriott Puerto Vallarta, we have appropriate signage, as well as night, patrolling, and red flags to indicate caution in the area, and all were and are properly in place,” says the spokesperson.