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Weird News: Teen Attacked by Crocodile While Trying to Impress a Woman

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“It was all worth it.”

There are times when giving in to peer pressure is a bad idea. And then there are times where it’s a REALLY bad idea. But as we all know, it’s hard to talk a guy out of doing something when he thinks it’ll get the girl.

Such is the case of an Australian teenager who went swimming in a river on a dare and was mauled by a crocodile in north Queensland over the weekend. His motive?  He was trying to impress a British woman. The Telegraph reports 18-year-old Lee DePaauw had been bragging to his friends about swimming in the waters of the saltwater-crocodile infested Johnstone River when he finally dove in around 2:30 a.m.

The woman DePaauw was trying to impress told reporters no one actually expected him to go through with such a ridiculous idea.

“He sort of made this claim ‘I’ll swim out and back,’ (and) at first we just said ‘don’t be so ridiculous’ and didn’t think he was going to go through with it,” British backpacker Sophie Paterson told reporters. “It all happened very fast, pretty much as soon as he jumped in, there was splashing and screaming.”

DePaauw had been attacked by a four-foot saltwater crocodile. He got away after punching it in the face and his friends took him to a hospital. He suffered a broken arm and bites so severe, there were originally worries he might lose it.

While much of the country is laughing at him, DePaauw doesn’t care at all. He got a date with Paterson.

“It was all worth it,” DePaauw told 9 News Australia. “She’s beautiful, caring and kind.”

Officials meanwhile are trying to trap the crocodile responsible. It all certainly makes for one of the strangest crocodile attack stories we’ve ever heard here at Wide Open Spaces.

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Weird News: Teen Attacked by Crocodile While Trying to Impress a Woman