Brit, 18, ambushed by crocodile that ‘saw lunch’ as she swung leg in river

Amelie Osborn-Smith, pictured in 2019, is lucky to be alive following the attack

Amelie Osborn-Smith, pictured in 2019, is lucky to be alive following the attack

A British backpacker suffered serious wounds when a crocodile confined her in a death roll – before a heroic pal saved her by striking with the fist the 10ft reptile, it is asserted.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was white water rafting in Zambia when the alarming attack took place in the Zambezi River.

The teenager, who was travelling in the course of her gap year, was carried by air for lifesaving surgery, it is declared.

Brent Osborn-Smith, Amelie’s father, 60, said that she was sitting on the edge of a boat when the animal pounced on her.

He said the shark had seen his daughter’s leg and thought

“there’s lunch”.

He told the Daily Mail :

“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. It’s quite a distressing situation.

“She’s been stabilized as best they can but it’s still pretty touch and go and we’re trying to arrange appropriate consultants here lined up.

( Image: Getty Images/Robert Harding World Imagery)

An observer told The Sun that a male Pal had dived underwater and punched the croc in an extremely angry manner when it happened.

The source said:

“It was chaos. There was blood and people thrashing everywhere.

“She is lucky to be alive.”

The observer also said that the croc in the end

“gave up”

and friends were able to pull Amelie back onto the boat and called for medical help.

Baroness Veronika von Pfetten-Arnbach,  Amelie’s mum, told The Sun that a friend had saved her life.

The 18-year-old was backpacking during her gap year

Amelie’s dad said he is desperate for her to be brought back to the UK

She said her daughter is in hospital under going surgical operation.

Amelie is accepted to have been travelling with a guide organisation based close at hand, and a friend said she had been told the area was “fine” as crocodile attacks seldom occur.

It is not clear when the attack happened.

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