Brit student, 18, attacked by 10ft croc which dragged her into death roll

A British teenager has been mauled by a crocodile during a gap year holiday abroad.

Hampshire-born Amelie Osborn-Smith suffered the horrendous accident while white water rafting in the Zambezi River in Zambia.

The 18-year-old was set upon by a 10ft crocodile, which put her into, what is known as, a "death roll".

It was drawn to the boat by her leg, which was resting over the side of it.

The animal clamped its jaws around the leg and pulled her under the water.

Another backpacker managed to save her, by punching the croc on the nose – which forced it to open its jaws.

She was then airlifted to a hospital in nearby Lusaka, where she had surgery to save her leg.

Her father, Brent Osborn-Smith, a former Army Major who is now an osteopath, told MailOnline: "She's a very sensible girl, but on this occasion, she was being guided by the rafting company and it was on their advice – she wasn't actually swimming but just sitting on the boat and the crocodile saw her leg dangling in the water and thought 'there's lunch'.

"She's in a pretty bad state at the moment in Zambia and we're doing our best to try and get her back to have some proper definitive care here, but obviously with a crocodile bite there's a huge risk of infection and she's got a very severely damaged leg."

The father confirmed that Ms Osborn-Smith has been stabilised, but it's "touch and go" as to whether the proper consultants are in charge, and now that Zambia is on the red Covid travel list, the job of seeking the correct care is made even more difficult.

One friend of the young girl's explained that the man who saved her was "punching the crocodile furiously", and that the girl was "lucky to be alive".

A spokesman for Bundu Rafting confirmed that Amelie was on the trip, under their care, but did not give any further comments.

The exact date of the attack is unclear.

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