A woman has suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in the neck and stomach by a stranger while sunbathing on a beach.
Officers were called to an area off Blacks Beach Road in Mackay, Queensland about 12.20pm on Monday after reports the 23-year-old woman had been injured.
The woman had been sunbaking at the beach when she was confronted by a man unknown to her, police said.
He allegedly stabbed her multiple times in the neck, arms, legs, and head with a knife before fleeing the scene.
The woman managed to attend a nearby residential construction site to seek help.
She was rushed to hospital in a serious condition, however her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.
A 16-year-old male has been taken into custody by police with the teenager now assisting with their inquiries.
Police previously issued an alert for a white male, aged in his 20s with long black hair who was wearing a white t-shirt with black shorts and was last seen running through the residential area of Blacks Beach.
Two paramedic crews and at least four police patrol cars rushed to scene after reports of the ‘alleged wounding’.
Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said there had been no interaction between the two before the attack.
‘She’s then sought help and (gone) to a local construction site and received some help from the builders,’ Det Insp Armitt told The Daily Mercury.
‘It appears it’s a random attack,’ he said.
‘She states that she did not know who the male was, there was no prior interaction and she has not seen him before.’
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.