A nine-year-old child narrowly escaped death from a crocodile attack in the Chibuto district of the southern Mozambican province of Gaza.

According to BBC, the girl was swimming in the Limpopo river when the incident happened.

The young girl narrated the incident to a local media. She said that when she realized she was under attack, she tried to scratch the nose of the reptile which, before letting go, caused serious injuries to one of her legs.

“The crocodile grabbed me and dragged me so I hit it and scratched its nose. Then the crocodile immediately released me and threw me," she said.

The girl was immediately taken to a local hospital where she was admitted.

Marta Moiane, a director at the hospital, said the girl was in good health.

Dr. Moiane said this was the second admission to the hospital this year from a crocodile attack.

Crocodile attacks are common in Mozambique’s major rivers and their tributaries.