Teenager Attacked By A Crocodile After Being Dared To Jump In A River

Probably won't do that again

Teenager Attacked By A Crocodile After Being Dared To Jump In A River

A teenager in northern Queensland is lucky to still have his arm after he jumped into a river on a dare and was attacked by a crocodile.

18-year-old Lee de Paauw was dared by his mates to jump in to the Johnstone River in Innisfail at 2:30am overnight.

As he was climbing out of the river, a croc grabbed him by the left arm.

De Paauw responded by punching the crocodile with his other arm — seriously — and getting out of there.

The ambos that rocked up at the scene were told his hand had been severed.

"He is very lucky. Initial reports was that his hand was completely amputated and on arrival that was not the case," Queensland Ambulance Service supervisor Rita Kelly told the ABC.

"So although he does have significant injuries, his arm is still intact which is very fortunate."

De Paauw was taken to Innisfail Hospital then later moved to Cairns Hospital.

He’s in a stable condition.

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