A SERVICE station attendant stabbed in the chest during a violent armed robbery at Marks Point can thank his tough sternum for his survival.
The man, 26, suffered the serious wound when he was attacked by a bandit who had stormed the 7-Eleven store on Pacific Highway about 7pm on Saturday.
Police said the attendant was threatened with the knife before being stabbed, the bandit fleeing on foot with a small sum of cash.
The victim was rushed to John Hunter Hospital where he was listed as serious before his condition was reported as stable on Sunday.
A police source said the man appeared to have been lucky, with the knife striking his sternum and not vital organs.
The man with the knife is described as being aged in his 30s, of Caucasian appearance, with a medium build and 176cm tall with short hair.
He was last seen with his face covered by a white top and was wearing dark shorts and a dark coloured shirt.