A MAN in his 40s was flown to a Melbourne hospital with a stab wound to his chest after he was attacked at his Great Ocean Road holiday house early this morning.
Detective Senior Constable Stuart Sims, of the Colac police crime investigation unit, said four people belonging to the same family where at their Hordern Vale holiday house, east of Lavers Hill, when a man walked out of the bush.
"He's walked out of the bush gibbering. He was not speaking anything that could be understood," he said.
"He's approached the wife who has pushed him away with a fishing rod about 2am this morning. She was screaming and her husband has come out of the house.
"The bloke is then alleged to have attacked the husband with a knife and stabbed him the the chest, once to the upper right side of the chest."
Detective Senior Constable Sims said the husband's sister intervened, dragging the man off her brother.
The offender is believed to have dropped personal items and fled into the bush.
The 49-year-old victim was treated by ambulance officers and then flown by helicopter to Melbourne's The Alfred hospital.
The police officer said the knife involved was described as a fishing knife with an eight-centimetre blade.
Detective Senior Constable Sims said police were making positive progress with the investigation and he believed the offender may have been in Apollo Bay earlier on the weekend.
The offender is described as a well-built, fair-skinned Caucasian,175cms tall, wither with a crew cut or bald.
The victim was initially feared to have suffered life threatening injuries, but Detective Senior Constable Sims said he understood the man's condition was not as bad as first thought.
A hospital spokesman was unable to provide an update on the man's condition yesterday as he had been discharged.