Brit teen mauled and dragged underwater by croc was told it ‘was safe to swim’

A British teenage girl has been left badly injured after being attacked by a crocodile in Zambia in water that was deemed safe for her to swim.

Amelie Osborne-Smith, 18, was mauled by the animal when it latched onto her leg and attempted to drag her under.

She had been white water rafting with a group and was told by a tour guide that the water was safe to swim in, according to her father.

Witness reports claim the crocodile stopped thanks to the heroics of a male friend who dived into the water and began punching the crocodile, according to The Sun.

Amelie, from Andover, Hampshire, saw her leg badly damaged as a result of the attack with reports of her hip being dislocated and her right foot was “hanging loose.”

The crocodile grabbed Amelie's leg and was attempting a death roll, a common manoeuvre by a crocodile to try and subdue its prey.

Amelie had been on a gap year in Zambia when the incident occurred and was immediately transported to Lusaka for life-saving surgery as medics try to save her leg.

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There have been reports suggesting Amelia had been swimming at the time of the attack but her father says she had her legs dangling over the edge of the boat.

Speaking to Mail Online, her father Brent Osborn-Smith said: “She wasn't actually swimming but just sitting on the boat and the crocodile saw her leg dangling in the water and the crocodile clamped its jaws onto her leg and dragged her under the water.

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“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 stabilised as best they can but it's still pretty touch and go and we're trying to arrange appropriate consultants here lined up.”

Her father also confirmed that the family were familiar with the country as her grandmother has a farm on the Zambezi river.

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