Zambia crocodile attack: British teenager Amelie Osborn-Smith injured while rafting | World news
A British teenager was attacked by a crocodile while traveling with friends in Zambia, according to reports.
Amelie Osborn-Smith, from Andover, Hampshire, was with friends on a gap year vacation and rafting the Zambezi River near the famous Victoria Falls when the incident occurred.
The 18-year-old, who graduated from Winchester school earlier this year, reportedly put her leg to the side of the boat when the crocodile bit her and dragged her underwater.
She was saved by a friend who allegedly punched the crocodile in the nose, with The Sun reporting that other rafters and guides also jumped into the water to fight the 10ft crocodile.
Amélie was airlifted to hospital in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, about 240 miles away, where she would be treated for serious leg injuries.
Her father, former Army Officer Brent Osborn-Smith, told MailOnline: “She’s a very sane girl, but on this occasion she was guided by the rafting company and it was on their advice. .
“She wasn’t actually swimming but was just sitting on the boat and the crocodile saw her leg hanging down in the water and the crocodile clenched its jaws on her leg and dragged her under the water.
“Obviously with a crocodile bite there is a huge risk of infection and she has a very badly damaged leg.
“It’s a pretty painful situation.
“She’s been stabilized as best they can, but it’s still pretty smooth and we’re trying to arrange suitable consultants here.
“The other problem is that Zambia is now on the (UK government) COVID red list, there are therefore several obstacles to be overcome with great caution. “
The Zambezi River is a haven for those looking for water sports and magnificent views, but it is also home to a number of vicious – and potentially fatal – animals, including crocodiles.