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First picture of British backpacker Aussie teen jumped into crocodile-infested river to impress - but he still can't get a date

Mirror logo Mirror 20/03/2017 Danya Bazaraa
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A teenager mauled by a crocodile in Australia trying to impress a British backpacker has had his romantic hopes dashed live on radio after his terrifying ordeal.

Lee De Paauw, 18, had insisted that Brit backpacker Sophie Paterson, 24, from Yeovil, Somerset, agreed to go on a date with him once he was released from hospital.

“It was all worth it," he told Nine News on Sunday night following his ordeal in far north Queensland, Australia.

Credits: Facebook © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Facebook "She’s beautiful, caring and kind.”

But their post-crocodile mauling romance took a turn for the worst today during an interview on one of Australia's national radio stations.

Lee told Fitzy and Wippa on Nova Radio that he had Sophie's phone number but had forgotten her last name.

"Hopefully that girl buys me a drink," he said on the phone from hospital.

But Sophie later told the show she was not impressed by his bravery.

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There was no chemistry before the attack, she added, as she had "only just met the kid".

“He’s too young for me," she said.

What if he got attacked by a great white shark?

Sophie said: “Being attacked by animals doesn't really do it for me.”

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Lee was having drinks - "10 cups of goon (wine)" - with Lee in the early hours of Sunday morning when Sophie reportedly dared him to jump in the Johnstone River, near Innisfail.

Lee managed to escape after punching the croc in the snout and gouging its eye before it took him for a death roll to the bottom of the river.

Sophie said the teen had bragged about being able to swim with crocodiles infested waters before being dared to jump in.

She said: “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.

"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."

She told Nine News: “I’ve never heard a guy scream like that,” she said.

“There was a lot of blood, a lot of bone.”

Lee was feared to be at risk of losing his arm but, despite two broken bones, surgeons saved it.

The teenager suffered multiple fractures and lacerations as he was tossed around by the 10-foot long crocodile yesterday.

He was rushed to hospital and underwent an emergency operation to save his arm but is now said to be making a full recovery.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokesman confirmed the crocodile was being targeted for capture and removal.

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