British student, 18, savaged by 10ft crocodile in Zambia tells how her 'mind ...

British student, 18, savaged by 10ft crocodile in Zambia tells how her 'mind ...
British student, 18, savaged by 10ft crocodile in Zambia tells how her 'mind ...

A British student left with her 'foot dangling loose' after being savaged by a 10ft crocodile in Zambia has told of how her 'mind went into overdrive' as she battled the beast.

Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was enjoying a day of white water rafting on the Zambezi Rover, close to Victoria Falls, when she was attacked by the huge crocodile despite guides telling her the river was safe to swim in.

She has since suffered nightmares and flashbacks to the horrific incident in which she was dragged into a death roll.

The teen's father, former Army Major Brent Osborn-Smith, previously said she had been resting her leg over the side of the boat when the crocodile clamped its jaws around her calf and dragged her under the water.

Speaking from her bed at the Medland Hospital in Zambia, Amelie revealed instinct took over and her mind went into 'overdrive' as she fought for her life.

Amelie, 18, has said she plans to return to Zambia once she has made a full recovery from her injuries

Amelie, 18, has said she plans to return to Zambia once she has made a full recovery from her injuries

Victoria Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls, is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls, is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Amelie Osborn-Smith, from Andover in Hampshire, pictured in a hospital bed after suffering serious leg injuries and a dislocated hip when she was attacked by a crocodile

Amelie Osborn-Smith, from Andover in Hampshire, pictured in a hospital bed after suffering serious leg injuries and a dislocated hip when she was attacked by a crocodile

A map showing the location of the Victoria Falls on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border, where the shocking incident took place

A map showing the location of the Victoria Falls on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border, where the shocking incident took place

She said: 'You don’t really think in that situation. People say you see your life flash before your eyes, but you don’t.

'You just think, "How did I get out of this situation".

'Your mind just goes into overdrive and you just think about how to get out. I was just very, very lucky.'

Despite suffering gruesome injuries, the teenager from Andover in Hampshire said she will return to Zambia once she has made a full recovery and does not believe one incident should 'hold you back'.

She continued: 'I have seen that your life can be over so quickly.

'If you live thinking you’re going to regret everything you’re never going to have a fulfilled life.

'I always think don’t let one incident hold you

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