An unlucky tourist had his leg bitten off by a crocodile after going for a swim in Lake Victoria.

 

The holidaymaker was splashing around in the water of the iconic African lake when he was attacked by the aquatic reptile.

 

The animal clamped its jaws around his left leg as he enjoyed a paddle in the Kalangala area of Uganda, East Africa.

 

The crocodile chomped through flesh and bone, severing his limb just below the knee.

 

A photo shows locals in the town, which is famed for its beach resorts, pulling the man out of the water.

 

In the image, the water of the lake, usually clear blue, has been stained red with blood.

 

The unidentified tourist, a balding, middle-aged white man who was wearing a pair of black shorts, seems dazed from the blood loss.

 

Three locals in shorts are attempting to get carry the man out of the water, while another man in a red sports kit, stands watching in horror.

 

A member of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces - the country’s army - can also be seen helping.

 

The massive Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes and drains into the River Nile.

 

It is the world's largest tropical lake and was named after Queen Victoria by British explorers in 1858.

 

The lake is home to a number of species, most famously Nile crocodiles, as this tourist found out the hard way.

 

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is one of the most dangerous species of crocodile and is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year.

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