Teen experiences horrific crocodile attack and lives to tell the tale!

Lusaka, Zambia - An 18-year-old British woman has said she is "very, very lucky" to have survived a crocodile attack while on holiday in Zambia.

Crocodiles clamp on to their prey and then violently spin, in a move known as the death roll (stock image).
Crocodiles clamp on to their prey and then violently spin, in a move known as the death roll (stock image).  © 123RF/sekarb

Amelie Osborn-Smith was left fighting for her life after the 10-foot reptile dragged her into a terrifying death roll as she swam with friends in the Zambezi river near the Victoria Falls, the Sun reported.

Speaking from her hospital bed in a video by Medland Hospital, she said: "You don't really think in that situation, obviously people say you see your life flash before your eyes or whatever but you don't, you just think 'how do I get out of this situation?'"

"And your brain just goes into overdrive and you just think how to get out but I was just very, very lucky."

"When the accident happened I fully accepted the fact I was going to lose my foot and I accepted that and I'd said to all my friends, it's fine, I've lost my foot, I'm still alive and then I was told my foot is fine and I'm going to be able to walk again and it's such a relief."

The teenager, from Hampshire, was on a white-water rafting trip during a gap-year visit to Zambia where her grandmother owns a farm, according to the Sun.

The paper reported that she was rescued by friends who punched the crocodile before dragging her back in a boat.

She was flown by helicopter to an aid post in nearby Livingstone and then on to the capital Lusaka, 240 miles away, where surgeons managed to save her foot, the Sun reported.

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