British scholar, 18, is attacked by 10ft crocodile at Victoria Falls in Zambia

A teenage British backpacker has been mauled by a crocodile whereas travelling with pals on a niche year vacation in southern Africa.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, from Andover, Hampshire, had been having fun with a day of white water rafting in the Zambezi River beneath Victoria Falls in Zambia when she was attacked by the 10ft beast which put her right into a ‘loss of life roll’.

Speaking completely to MailOnline, the 18-year-old’s father stated that his daughter had been resting her leg over the aspect of the boat when the crocodile clamped its jaws round her calf and dragged her beneath the water.  

Brent Osborn-Smith, 60, an Army Major-turned-osteopath, stated: ‘The crocodile noticed her leg dangling in the water and thought ‘there’s lunch’.  

Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, who is the daughter of a German Baroness, was rafting in the Zambezi River beneath Victoria Falls, Zambia, when she was attacked by a 10ft crocodile

 Amelie (pictured) is in hospital in Zambia the place she had life-saving surgical procedure and is awaiting to fly again to the UK for additional remedy. She has a badly injured leg, in response to her father

Amelie, who attended the £22,000-a-year St Swithun’s School, was rafting close to Victoria Falls (pictured) in waters that guides had instructed her have been secure when the crocodile attacked her

Osborn-Smith was airlifted 240 miles from Victoria Falls to the capital Lusaka the place surgeons carried out a life-saving operation and battled to save lots of her leg

Amelie, who is backpacking after ending her A-levels at the £22,000-a-year St Swithun’s School, an all-girls boarding faculty in Winchester, was solely saved by a quick-thinking male good friend who punched the animal on the nostril till it let go. 

She was airlifted to hospital in the capital Lusaka for life-saving surgical procedure – and to attempt to save her shredded leg.  

Mr Osborn-Smith stated: ‘She’s a really smart woman, however on this event she was being guided by the rafting company and it was on their recommendation.

‘She wasn’t truly swimming however simply sitting on the boat and the crocodile noticed her leg dangling in the water and thought ‘there’s lunch’.

Amelie’s father Brent Osborn-Smith (above) instructed MailOnline of the horrific croc assault

‘She’s in a fairly unhealthy state at the second in Zambia and we’re doing our greatest to attempt to get her again to have some correct definitive care right here, however clearly with a crocodile chunk there’s an enormous danger of an infection and she or he’s bought a really severely broken leg. It’s fairly a distressing scenario.

‘She’s been stabilised as finest they will however it’s nonetheless fairly contact and go and we’re attempting to rearrange applicable consultants right here lined up.

‘The different concern is that Zambia is now on the Covid pink listing, so there are numerous hoops which must stepped by fairly rigorously. ‘ 

A good friend of Amelie’s stated: ‘As quickly because it occurred the male good friend dived beneath the water and began punching the crocodile furiously.

‘Then others jumped in to assist. It was chaos. There was blood and other people thrashing all over the place. She is fortunate to be alive.’ 

The guides and fellow rafters additionally leapt into the river in a bid to save lots of her.

‘Eventually the croc gave up they usually pulled her again into the boat,’ stated the good friend.

‘She was in fairly a nasty approach. They patched her up as finest they might and organized an emergency med-evac.’ 

Amelie, whose mom Veronika Osborn-Smith is a German Baroness, 52, was white water rafting with Bundu Rafting based mostly in Livingstone, Zambia. 

Amelie (pictured proper), whose mom Veronika Osborn-Smith is a German Baroness, 52, was white water rafting with Bundu Rafting based mostly in Livingstone, Zambia

A spokesman for the agency confirmed that Amelie was on a visit with them, however declined to provide additional particulars. 

 On its web site the company, based mostly in Livingstone, stated ‘security all the time comes first’ on the ‘adrenaline-filled and secure journey actions’. The company has been working in the Victoria Falls area since 1996. 

The rapids beneath Victoria Falls are thought of to be the perfect white water rafting expertise in the world with turbulent challenges interspersed with tranquil swimming pools. 

This stretch of the Zambezi river just under the falls is additionally thought of the most secure to get pleasure from as crocodiles desire the calmer, flatter sections downstream.

Amelie is recovering in hospital in the Zambian capital, 240 miles from the place the assault came about. It is not clear precisely when she was attacked.

Mr Osborn-Smith stated she was on a niche year after her studied and defined the household’s shut hyperlink to Africa: ‘My daughter was on a niche year to Zambia and it is a nation we’re pretty aware of – her grandmother has a farm on the Zambezi river, so we have now spent a little bit of time there.’  

While assaults at the falls are uncommon, they aren’t unprecedented. 

In 2018, a Zimbabwean girl canoeing above the falls along with her British fiancé had her arm bitten off by a 16ft crocodile which attacked their boat.

Zanele Ndlovu, a former nationwide tennis participant, had been having fun with a time out with Briton Jamie Fox when the reptile attacked and punctured their raft in April.

Forced into the water, Ms Ndlovu had her left hand bitten and proper arm torn off above the elbow in a horrifying assault simply days earlier than their wedding ceremony.

She was rushed to hospital the place medics managed to sew up the wound and save her life, earlier than getting married in the hospital chapel the next month.

The crocodile (file picture) snapped its jaws round Amelie’s leg because it dangled over the boat and dragged her into the water and put her in a ‘loss of life roll’ earlier than a male good friend punched the reptile

Zanele instructed The Chronicle newspaper in Zimbabwe at the time: ‘The waters have been very calm and we had guides and there have been about seven boats in the water when the crocodile simply jumped out.

‘It jumped out of the water and bit a piece of my proper arm along with the aspect of the canoe which began deflating and all of it simply occurred so quick.

‘The crocodile bit me once more and pulled me into the water. My husband was thrown out the other aspect so the boat was between the 2 of us.

‘Jamie swam over to the place I used to be combating the crocodile that was attempting to drag me to the underside of the river and grabbed my waist and with the opposite hand he rained blows down on the crocodile.

‘It all occurred so quick we have now conflicting accounts of occasions. The guides noticed us battling the crocodile and joined in and the crocodile lastly let go.

‘The ache was excruciating however Jamie was by my aspect and I summoned the energy to combat by it and though he was in shock he calmed me down.’

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