A teenager has been charged after allegedly stabbing Ms Jones several times as she sunbaked at Blacks Beach in Mackay at 12.20pm yesterday.
Police said Ms Jones, 23, didn’t know the 16-year-old boy, who was charged over the alleged stabbing overnight.
“But (she is) extremely lucky and extremely fortunate that she’s still with us,” Detective Inspector Armitt said.
Police are yet to interview Ms Jones, who has serious but not life-threatening injuries.
“She’s going to bear some fairly significant physical scars, the lacerations were quite deep,” Detective Inspector Armitt said.
Police said she managed to stumble to a nearby construction site for help.
“She was initially just crying out, ‘help me, help me please,'” tradie Gav Odgaard said.
“She just kept saying ‘help me, help me, I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die.'”
Police said the teenager charged was not previously known to them and they have ruled out any links to terrorism or terrorist influences.
“You just don’t expect that to happen, particularly in our community,” Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said.
The two tradies from the Sunshine Coast who helped Ms Jones are now considered heroes.
“We’re not heroes, hey,” Paul Ferdinand said.
“We’re only humans looking after humans.”
Ms Jones remains in intensive care at Mackay Base Hospital, where she had surgery yesterday.