A British teenager was reportedly attacked by a crocodile while he was traveling with his friends on a year-long vacation in South Africa.
Amelie Osborne Smith, of Andover, Hampshire, was surfing the white waters of the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls in Zambia when a crawler pounced on her, MailOnline reports.
The 18-year-old’s father said his daughter was resting her leg on the side of the boat when a crocodile bit her and dragged her underwater.
It is said that Osborne Smith, who was backpacking after completing A-levels at school in Winchester, was rescued by a friend who punched an alligator in the nose until he released her. She was airlifted to a hospital in the capital, Lusaka, about 240 miles (380 km) away, where she is being treated for serious injuries to her leg.
Her father, Brent Osborne Smith, told reporters: “She wasn’t actually swimming, but she was sitting on the boat and the crocodile saw her leg dangling in the water and thought: ‘There’s lunch.'”
“She’s in really bad shape right now in Zambia and we’re doing everything we can to try and get her back to get some proper care here, but obviously with the crocodile bite there’s a high risk of infection and she has a badly damaged leg. It’s a very painful situation.
“She’s stabilized as much as she can but she’s still touching and going.”
He said Zambia was on the Covid red list, which presents further challenges in bringing his daughter home.
An unnamed friend of Osborne Smith told reporters, “Once that happened, the male friend sank under the water and started punching the crocodile furiously. Then others jumped in to help. It was chaos. There was blood and people stumbling everywhere. She’s lucky to be alive.”
Osborne Smith was reported to have been a white water walker pool jacketIt is headquartered in Livingstone, Zambia. The company has been operating in the Victoria Falls area since 1996.
Its website says, “Rest assured that we don’t compromise on safety issues on the river. Our trip leaders are the most experienced guides around: some of them have spent 20 years kayaking the mighty Zambezi.”
Another rowing company operating in the area says on its website that “the Nile crocodile is endemic to the Zambezi” but adds, “It’s not a problem.”
An adult male is usually between 2.94 m and 4.4 m in length and weighs between 225 kg and 414 kg, although crocodiles have been recorded exceeding 6.1 m in length.
In 2018, a woman rows over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with her fiancé Her arm was bitten by a giant crocodile.
Zanelli Ndlovu and Jamie Foxx, from southeast England, were in an inflatable boat when the crawler attacked and punctured the ship.
Ndlovu fell into the water and bit her right arm above the elbow, a few days before her wedding.
She was taken to the hospital where paramedics saved her life, and she was married in the hospital chapel the following month.