New details have emerged after police say a young woman was repeatedly stabbed as she sunbaked on a north Queensland beach.
The 23-year-old was at Blacks Beach in Mackay about noon on Monday when she was allegedly attacked by a teenage boy, Queensland Police said.
She's told investigators her alleged attacker was a stranger and that she had been alone.
Police claim the boy, 16, stabbed the woman multiple times in her neck and body before fleeing the area.
"She was approached by a male and stabbed multiple times to her head, neck, arms and legs," Detective Inspector Tom Armitt told reporters.
"That male person has then ... run away and she's then sought help and come to a local construction site."
Witness Gavin Odgaard told 7News the woman pleaded with builders to help save her life.
"She said: 'Help me, help me, I've been stabbed. I don't want to die. Please, I don't want to die'," he said.
People at the scene called police and the 23-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to recovery.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested a short time later and was charged overnight with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
The juvenile has been refused bail and will appear at the Mackay Children’s Court on Tuesday.
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