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Swimmer retains foot after mates punch crocodile

An 18-year-old British woman has said she is "very, very lucky" to have survived a crocodile attack while on holiday in Zambia.

Amelie Osborn-Smith was left fighting for her life after the three-metre reptile dragged her into a death roll as she swam with friends in the Zambezi River near the Victoria Falls, saying:

"You don't really think in that situation, obviously people say you see your life flash before your eyes or whatever but you don't, you just think 'how do I get out of this situation?'"
"Your brain just goes into overdrive and you just think how to get out but I was just very, very lucky.
"When the accident happened I fully accepted the fact I was going to lose my foot and I accepted that and I'd said to all my friends, 'It's fine, I've lost my foot, I'm still alive'. 
"Then I was told my foot is fine and I'm going to be able to walk again and it's such a relief."

The teenager was on a white-water rafting trip during a gap-year visit to Zambia where her grandmother owns a farm, according to British newspaper The Sun.

The paper reported she was rescued by friends who punched the crocodile before dragging her back into a boat.

She was flown by helicopter to an aid post in nearby Livingstone and then on to the capital Lusaka, 385km away, where surgeons managed to save her foot.