Video: Australia Croc Attacks: Teen Survives, Man Dies

Video: Australia croc attacks: Teen survives, man dies
Posted at 11:32 AM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 08:56:57-04

AUSTRALIA (ABC Newsone) -- An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said on Monday.

Lee de Paauw, an 18-year-old from Queensland state, was at a hostel in the northern Queensland town of Innisfail around 2:30 a.m, local time on Sunday when he started bragging that he could swim in the river, a known habitat for aggressive saltwater crocodiles, said Sophie Paterson, a British backpacker who was at the hostel.

She and several others egged him on, though none of them thought he'd actually get in the water, Paterson said.

But get in the water he did, and seconds later, a crocodile latched onto him.

De Paauw managed to pull himself out of the water.

Queensland paramedic officials said the teen suffered extensive injuries to his arm, and was lucky to escape from the crocodile before the animal drowned him.

Meanwhile, Queensland authorities on Monday recovered a body believed to be that of a man who vanished on Saturday while spearfishing alone in waters just north of Innisfail.

The 35-year-old man's boat was found anchored off Palmer Point, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Innisfail, on Saturday evening, with his spear gun floating in the water nearby.

An air and sea search was launched and officials spotted a body in the water on Monday morning, Queensland police said in a statement.

An initial investigation suggests the man may have been taken by a crocodile, police said.