A teenager drank 'ten cups of goon' before almost having his arm ripped off by a crocodile when he jumped into infested waters to impress a British backpacker.
Lee De Pauuw, 18, leaped into the Johnstone River in Innisfail, Queensland in the early hours of Sunday morning in an attempt to win over tourist Sophie Paterson.
The teenager revealed to the Nine Network on Tuesday morning that Miss Paterson has since agreed to go on a date with him, however any romantic connection has been downplayed by the pair.
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Lee De Pauuw, 18, was drinking large amounts of cask wine when he leaped into a crocodile-infested river to impress a British backpacker
He leaped into the Johnstone River in Innisfail, Queensland in the early hours of Sunday morning in an attempt to win over tourist Sophie Paterson
Miss Paterson has since agreed to go on a date with him, however any romantic connection has been downplayed by the pair.
'[She's not really special] just another girl but she is really good-looking and she was kind to me the night before,' Mr De Pauuw said.
Miss Paterson also appeared on national television, telling Channel 7 that she would have to be 'quite twisty' to be impressed by Mr De Pauuw's efforts.
'Risking your life, there is nothing funny about that,' she said.
It's a drastic change of tone compared to Monday when Mr De Pauuw claimed to be head over hills for the British backpacker.
'I did not know there was a crocodile there. I just done it for Sophie,' he said.
'She is beautiful, caring, and kind.'
Miss Paterson, 24, was having drinks with Mr De Paauw in the early hours of Sunday morning when she dared him to jump into the far north Queensland river.
The teenager, who lives nearby, foolishly went for it - only to be attacked by a huge saltwater crocodile that was lurking in the creek.
The foolhardy teenager was lucky to get away with his life, punching the huge reptile in the face after it sunk its jaws into his arm and tried to drown him in a 'death roll'.
Mr De Paauw almost had his armed ripped off by a monster three-metre long crocodile after jumping into infested waters in Innisfail around 2.30am on Sunday
British backpacker Sophie Paterson (pictured), 24, dared a teenager to jump into crocodile-infested waters
Despite his heroics, Miss Paterson was not impressed, telling her admirer: 'Being attacked by animals doesn't really do it for me.'
Speaking to the Fitzy & Wippa radio show from his hospital bed, Mr De Paauw explained why he leaped into the water.
'Being dared, I jumped off the jetty and I was swimming back around to the stairs to get out.
'I was about to pull myself back up when the croc grabbed my arm and dragged me back out and started rolling me.
'I hit it in the nose and it loosened its grip. I got another hit in and it was right in its eye. It dropped me then.'
Miss Paterson told 9News she saw a lot of bone and blood during the 'horrendous' attack that she likened to the movie Jaws.
A surprisingly chipper Mr De Paauw added that it would all be worth it if Miss Paterson came on a date with him.
Miss Paterson (pictured) told 9News she saw a lot of bone and blood during the 'horrendous' attack that she likened to the movie Jaws
'Hopefully that girl buys me a drink,' he said, adding that he had her number.
Luckily for the plucky teenager, Miss Paterson was also on the show.
His backpacker crush said she was not impressed by his antics - adding that there was no chemistry between them.
'He's too young for me,' she said.
'Being attacked by animals doesn't really do it for me.'
Miss Paterson and Mr De Paauw shared a short conversation on air, but it was a little awkward.
The radio hosts suggested the British tourist pay the teenager a visit in hospital, but she did not seem up for it.
Miss Paterson had earlier told the Courier Mail that Mr De Paauw had boasted of how he could swim in the water over drinks at a nearby hostel.
'He was talking about the local creek saying 'I can swim out' and so we said, 'go on then', but we didn't think he would do it,' she said.
The teenager leaped into the Johnstone River (file picture) but almost immediately started 'splashing and screaming'
Paramedic Neil Noble said it was fortunate Mr De Paauw was able to escape the reptile's grip before he drowned in a 'death roll' (file image)
'He sort of made this claim 'I'll swim out and back'. At first we just said 'don't be so ridiculous' and didn't think he was going to go through with it.'
The teenager leaped into the water but almost immediately started 'splashing and screaming'.
Miss Paterson, from Yeovil, Somerset, watched in horror as the teenager wrestled himself free from the crocodile and hauled himself out of the water, covered in blood.
'There was blood everywhere and he just wouldn't stop screaming. I thought he had lost his arm because of how bad it looked,' she said.
Mr De Paauw was rushed to hospital, where doctors saved his arm.
Paramedic Neil Noble said it was fortunate Mr De Paauw was able to escape the reptile's grip before he drowned in a 'death roll'.