Sunbaking woman stabbed by stranger in horrific beach attack

A 16-year-old boy is being questioned by police over the horrific stabbing of a woman on a Queensland beach.

Police said the 23-year-old was sun baking alone at Blacks Beach in Mackay when she was confronted by a stranger who stabbed her multiple times in her neck and body with a knife just after 12.20pm on Monday.

A photo of the construction site where the stabbing victim ran for help. Source: 7NEWS
Police say the woman sought help at a construction site. Credit: 7NEWS

The unknown male fled through a residential area while the injured woman sought help at a nearby construction site.

The Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed she was taken to Mackay Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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Police earlier described the suspect as having long black hair and wearing a white shirt and black shorts.

A 16-year-old boy has since been taken into custody over the incident and is insisting with inquiries.

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