A British teenager who was badly injured in a crocodile attack in Zambia was told it was safe to swim by a tour guide, her father has revealed.
Emily Osborne-Smith, 18, of Andover, Hampshire, was whitewater rafting in the Zambezi River when the animal crushed her leg and tried to drag her underwater.
Her father, Brent Osborne-Smith, 60, said that the creature “attempted to tame its prey by dragging it down into a conspicuous death roll”.
He told The Sun: “Her lower leg was badly crushed, her hip was dislocated and her right leg was hanging loose.
“The group stopped in a quiet stretch between rapids for lunch.
“They were encouraged by the guides to take a quick dip on the shore to cool off. The area was deemed safe.”
Amelie is expected to return to the UK on Saturday evening where she will seek follow-up treatment.
“While returning to the boat, Emily was bitten in the leg by a large alligator, which attempted to descend in a typical death roll to tame its prey”, Brent said.
He said that Emily “competed with great courage and refused to be subjected to or to be subjected to”.
The fellow rafters repeatedly punched the crocodile and forced it to retreat.
He quickly gave first aid to Emily, who had her hip amputated and her “right leg hanged” as a result of the attack.
He was then taken by helicopter to Lusaka, 240 miles away, where he underwent “several operations” to save his leg.
Amelie went to Zambia to visit her grandmother as part of a gap year trip.
Her father said, “Amelie is in shock and has fainted heavily, but we will learn more about her eventual progress in the coming days.”
“We appreciate and appreciate the courage and professionalism of everyone involved in Emily’s life-saving rescue and subsequent care and treatment.
“Amelie is a fit, intelligent, brave and conscientious person who is extremely grateful to be alive and to be so well taken care of by everyone involved in her rescue.”