Zambia: Teen speaks from hospital bed after crocodile attack
The British 18-year-old was badly injured when the massive reptile attacked her and attempted to drag her underwater, but she is set to return to the UK, her father has revealed. Amelie Osborn-Smith, from Andover, Hampshire, was traveling near Victoria Falls, Zambia, with friends on her gap year when the horrifying incident occurred.
The teen was whitewater rafting on Tuesday on the Zambezi river near the famous Victoria Falls and reportedly was resting her leg over the side of the boat when the croc chomped down on her.
It locked its jaws around the 18-year-old's leg and dragged her into a terrifying death roll until a friend struck the crocodile so hard it released her from its jaws.
Ms Osborn-Smith was later airlifted to a hospital in Zambia's capital Lusaka - about 240 miles away and on Saturday she revealed she is set to fly home “within the coming 48 hours”.
Speaking about her terrifying experience from her hospital bed she stated how thankful she was to be alive.
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The British 18-year-old was badly injured when the massive reptile attacked her
Crocodiles can weigh up to 2,400lbs and reach lengths of 20ft
She said: “When the accident happened I fully accepted that I was going to lose my foot…
“I said to my friends, 'I've lost my foot, but I'm still alive.'
“And then I was told that my foot is going to be fine, and I'll be able to walk again, it was such a relief.”
Speaking in a video published to the hospital's Facebook page on Saturday, she continued: “A lot of people say you see your life flash before you, but you don't.
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The croc locked its jaws around the 18-year-old's leg and dragged her into a terrifying death roll
“I just thought, 'how am I going to get out of this situation?'
“I was just very, very lucky.”
Friends of Ms Osborn-Smith have revealed she feels shaken by the near-death experience.
In Africa, the Nile crocodile is one of the most widespread of the species and can weigh up to 2,400lbs and reach lengths of 20ft.
Croc's attack by chomping down and not letting go along with rolling and flicking their powerful tails in a death roll.