Crocodile attacks teen after river jump

Jane Richards
March 19, 2017

The 18-year-old is having surgery after suffering significant injuries to his hand and arm.

An Australian teenager was almost mauled to death over the weekend after he jumped into a crocodile-infested river, reportedly for a "dare".

Paramedics say Lee de Paauw is lucky to be alive after he was grabbed on the left arm by the predator as he climbed out of the Johnstone River on Fitzgerald Esplanade at around 2.30am on Sunday.

Mr de Paauw was taken to Innisfail Hospital and later taken to Cairns Hospital for further treatment.

Cairns Senior Operations Supervisor Rita Kelly said the crocodile was not seen before or after the incident but the injuries confirmed the man had been attacked by one.

'We're not exactly sure why he went into the water', Ms. Kelly said.

Mr. Noble said the area was well-known for its crocodile population.

Saltwater crocodiles are one of the riskiest creatures in Australia and are responsible for a number of fatal attacks on humans.

Saltwater crocodiles are one of Australia's most risky land animals and have been responsible for eight confirmed fatal attacks in Queensland since 1985.

Australia is home to two crocodile species - the freshwater and the saltwater.

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