A heroic tradition has revealed how a topless blood-soaked sunbather came within millimeters of dying in a frenzied unprovoked attack on a remote beach.
Kaitlin Jones, 23, was sunbathing on Blacks Beach, 9 miles north of Mackay, at noon Monday, when an alleged stranger launched the knife attack.
She sustained multiple stab wounds all over her body before the assailant fled the scene, leaving her covered in blood and begging for her life — with her rescuer saying if the knife had landed an inch from where she could have died.
The local barber crawled to the top of a nearby sand dune where she managed to stand and scream for help as her blood trickled onto the sand.
A 16-year-old boy has since been charged with the incident.
Kaitlin Jones (pictured) was covered with multiple stab wounds, each about 2cm to 2.5cm wide. But amazingly, the knife had been knocked off her sternum, saving her life
The 23-year-old woman was sunbathing on Blacks Beach (pictured), 15 km north of Mackay, around noon Monday, when a stranger allegedly launched the knife attack.
The noise alerted carpenter Gavin Odgaard, 58, who was working on a nearby construction site, who then sprinted toward her as colleagues called police.
She yelled ‘Help! Help! I need help!’ and the urgency of her voice pushed me to action,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“There was blood running down the side of her face, down her legs and arms, and she had a blood-soaked towel pressed to her chest.
“The first thing she said was, ‘I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been stabbed – I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die…’
“It didn’t become clear how serious it was until I was within 8-10 meters and I could see all her injuries.”
The father of two is a trained first aider and treated injuries to her face, head, neck, chest and legs to stop the blood flow while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
Kaitlin Jones (left) told Mr Odgaard that her fiancé Dylan Jay Gorham (right) was a night shift miner who slept in their nearby house while going to the beach
The victim’s screams alarmed carpenter Gavin Odgaard, 58, (pictured) who was working on a nearby construction site, who then sprinted toward her as colleagues called police
He said Mrs. Jones was covered in multiple stab wounds, each about two to two inches wide, but amazingly, the knife had jumped off her sternum, saving her life.
Just a few millimeters deeper or to the side and the savage stab wounds could have been fatal, he said.
“There was no trace of the weapon, but it was clearly a fairly large knife that had been used,” he said.
“Luckily I think it hit the sternum and didn’t get through the ribcage or it could have been a lot worse.”
“I could see the injuries hadn’t hit arteries and her lungs weren’t punctured, but she was covered in blood, including a wound on her head above her temple.
Local hairdresser Kaitlin Jones (pictured) crawled to the top of a nearby sand dune where she managed to stand and scream for help. She was covered with multiple stab wounds, each about 2cm to 2.5cm wide, but amazingly, the knife had bumped into her sternum, saving her life.
The victim suffered multiple stab wounds all over her body before the attacker fled the scene (pictured), leaving her covered in blood and fearful she would die in the secluded spot
“I was just trying to reassure her that she would be okay, but you never know with knives.”
Mr Ordgaard said Mrs Jones had been sunbathing topless at the time of the attack.
He said she told him she saw someone walking past her on the lonely beach a few minutes before the attack.
Minutes later, she suddenly saw a man standing over her before launching the random attack.
“She’d seen him walk by,” Mr. Odgaard said.
“Then within five minutes she said she’d found him above her and stabbed her.
“It was just a random selection of victims. They make that stuff for horror movies – but apparently it happens in real life too.
Carpenter Gavin Odgaard, 58, was working on a nearby beachfront construction site (pictured) when he heard her screaming sprinting toward her as colleagues called police
“She had been sunbathing topless on her back on the sand, so I don’t know if this triggered it in any way, but it’s just bizarre.”
Ms Jones told Mr Odgaard that her fiancé Dylan Jay Gorham was a night shift miner and slept in their nearby house while she went to the beach.
She thanked the carpenter for his vital help when she was helped into an ambulance, but he shrugged off the praise.
“It’s all instantaneous and you do what you have to do,” he said. “Afterwards I started shaking a little and getting excited, but I’m really glad she seems to be doing well.
“It would have been terrible if she had died.”
Ms Jones was taken to Mackay Base Hospital in serious condition, but has no life-threatening injuries.
Gavin Odgaard said the victim told him she saw someone walking past her on the lonely beach a few minutes before the attack (pictured).
Queensland Police later charged a local 16-year-old boy in connection with the attack after he was reportedly spotted on CCTV walking through nearby holiday apartments near the accident site.
Detective Inspector Tom Armitt added, “Looks like it’s a random attack.”
Just after midnight on Tuesday, local police said a 16-year-old boy had been charged in connection with the attack.
“Detectives from the Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch have charged a 16-year-old man with grievous bodily harm following an alleged stabbing at Blacks Beach yesterday,” the Queensland Police Department said.
“The minor has been released on bail and will appear in Mackay Children’s Court on September 14.”