Drunk Aussie jumps into croc-infested water to impress girl

Vids 21/03/2017

The Aussie teenager who was mauled by a crocodile in Queensland has said it was "all worth it" after he won a date with a girl he was trying to impress.

Lee De Paauw, 18, told 9 News he was trying to win over 24-year-old backpacker Sophie Paterson, and told her that crocodiles in the Johnstone River are more likely to attack tourists than locals.

The young man said he was "about 10 cups of goon" deep when he made the suggestion.

"I started telling them how backpackers were more likely to get eaten by a crocodile than Australians. We decided to go down to the river to test the theory," he told 9 News.

When he went down to the water's edge, he was grabbed on the arm by a three-metre croc and dragged into the water.

To get free he punched the crocodile in the snout and gouged its eye, causing the reptile to release him and let him escape to safety.

Lee did end up convincing the backpacker to go to the movies with him, but he might need to come up with a better plan that's not as life threatening next time.