A couple's late night frolic in a lodge's pool in Africa nearly turned into a blood bath after a crocodile suddenly jumped in.

Terrifying CCTV footage shows the 6ft crocodile creep up on the unaware victims between empty sun loungers.

It then lunges into the water immediately snapping at the bikini-clad woman who desperately begins fighting it off.

The man quickly jumps out of the pool leaving the woman fending off the reptile alone as it splashes around underwater.

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Luckily, she manages to avoid being forced deeper into the water and furiously paddles back to the shallow end.

By that time her partner has seen sense and returns to the poolside to try and distract the animal.

The woman manages to clamber out and gets to her feet despite having suffered several bites.

The clip is believed to have been recorded in Kariba, Zimbabwe, in southern Africa, on Friday and you can hear people watching the CCTV express their shock.

More than 11,000 people have now watched the YouTube video with many sharing their disgust at how quickly the man left the woman in the pool.

But others defend him saying you never know what you are going to do until you are faced with a life or death situation.

Harley Wilson writes: "You can never say what you would do in that situation unless you've been in that situation. Your survival instincts kick in and it's fight or flight."

While another YouTube user Max adds: "Someone needs to build a fence around that pool".