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The Queensland bloke who dove into croc-infested waters on a dare and was subsequently mauled reckons that he’d probably do it again, given that it scored him a movie date with a British backpacker.

Lee De Paauw, 18, told Nine News that he was actually trying to impress backpacker Sophie Paterson when he dove into the Johnstone River in far-north Queensland, full of bravado and approximately ten cups of goon. “It was all worth it. She’s beautiful, caring and kind,” he told Nine.

“I started telling about how backpackers are more likely to get eaten by a crocodile than Australians. So, we decided to go down to the river and test the theory,” Mr De Paauw said. After diving into the water he was basically instantly attacked by a crocodile, proving that his theory about crocodiles having particular national affinities may require further study.

De Paauw says he broke free of the croc by punching it in the noggin and poking its eyes before it could enter a death roll, which would have done him in for sure.

Nine journo Zara James asked: “Do you understand that most of the country thinks that you’re one of the stupidest people around right now?”

“Yep, I do,” Mr De Paauw replied.

“What’s your response to that?” James asked.

“I’m not really. I’m just, I dunno, trying to prove a point.”

There you go. Point proven, mate.

Source: Nine.

Photo: Nine.