A vacationing couple's decision to go on a late night skinny dipping at the hotel's pool almost turned deadly after a 6.5ft crocodile launched a terrifying attack.

Video shows the croc creep up on the unsuspecting couple at the villa in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, before it pounced.

Brendan Fowler, 27, told how "instinct kicked in" when he leapt out to escape the snapping brute, leaving his bikini-clad friend Amilia Roberts, 22, to fend for herself.

He explained: "The croc pretty much flew over my shoulder and I saw it before it got into the pool.

"From my angle it looked as if it was going to come at my face, so I turned and got out the way.

"It all happened so quickly and I guess it was just instinct that set in.

"I don't think it is possible to think under those conditions."

The crocodile turned on Amilia, who is travelling Africa on a gap year from studying in Australia, and bit her twice.

Just as she reached the other side of the pool, seemingly makes it to safety, the animal suddenly became more aggressive.

In a split second it raced towards her, thrashing about in the water and latching onto her arm.

Miraculously she escaped with cuts to her elbow, shoulder and back.

Friend Sebastian Smyth, seen in the video bounding in to help fend off the croc, said: "Amilia's a tough Aussie bird and was in great form the rest of the trip.

"She didn't even shed a tear."

Sebastian, far right, pictured with Brendan, left, and friends in the pool where the attack took place

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