The boy was airlifted to Darwin for treatment. (9News)Source:Channel 9
The boy was airlifted to Darwin for treatment. (9News)Source:Channel 9

Spearfishing teen 'mobbed' by a dozen sharks

A teenager is said to be in good spirits despite being "mobbed" by nearly a dozen sharks and severely injured while spearfishing off the Northern Territory coast.

The 17-year-old was with a group on a boat about 30km offshore from Nhulunbuy on Sunday morning when he was bitten on his arm and leg.

Emergency services were alerted at about 10am local time and treated the boy before transferring him to a hospital in Gove.

He was later airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital suffering "deep lacerations" - most severely on his arm, CareFlight spokesman David Wheeldon told AAP.

"He was in good spirits by the time he got back to Darwin," he said on Sunday night.

"The young man explained to the CareFlight nurse that he had been mobbed by more than 10 sharks."

Those on the boat with the teen and first responders have been praised for their work on treating him, Mr Wheeldon said.

The boy remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The 17-year-old was bitten on his arm and leg about 30km offshore from Nhulunbuy on Sunday morning, NT Police said.

He was treated by paramedics who reached his vessel with police, before being taken to hospital in Gove.

The boy was later airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital suffering "deep lacerations", a Careflight spokesman told AAP.


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