Lee de Paauw is incredibly fortunate to be alive after having a fight with a giant crocodile.
The 18-year-old Queenslander was partying at a backpacker hostel in the city of Innisfail, on Australia’s east coast.
After striking up a conversation with Brit Sophie Paterson, Lee blew that backpackers were more likely to get eaten by crocodiles than Australians.
He incontestable to go one step further and prove it — accepting a dare from a group of revellers to break into the nearby croc-infested river.
Somerset local Sophie, 24, bid The Courier Mail: “He was walking about the local creek saying, ‘I can swim out’, and so we said, ‘go on then’, but we didn’t dream up he would do it.”
Lee’s bravado almost immediately backfired once he jumped into the treacherous dampens.
Sophie said: “It all happened very fast. Pretty much as shortly as he jumped in, there was splashing and screaming.
”There was blood everywhere and he only just wouldn’t stop screaming.»
The crocodile chomped down on Lee’s arm, leaving him with important injuries which needed surgery.
Speaking from his hospital bed in -away Cairns, Lee said: “I punched it in the snout. My second hit, I got it straight in the eye, and then it let go.»
Bitter of his actions, Lee said: “Stupidity. You know there’s crocs there.»
There was one greyish-white lining after the horrific deal — Sophie has agreed to go on a date with him.
Sophie explained: “»I think he’s very brave to be, you know, in such high desires after what happened.”
The crocodile in question is well known to neighbourhoods, believed to be about three metres long.
Despite Lee’s wishes, a furniture has been set up to catch the monstrous reptile.
Lee said: “I don’t want that crocodile harmed. I have a yen for it to live a happy life.”
Last week an 18-year-old man was fatally fell by a three-metre crocodile in Mexico.