14 calls for help in Easter beach boggings
ANOTHER vehicle became bogged, this time at Mudlo Rocks on Sunday night, prompting the Rainbow Beach Towing and Roadside Assist to retrieve the vehicle yesterday afternoon.
After a busy Easter weekend, around 14 vehicles from Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island had to be recovered, but compared to previous years, wasn't out of the ordinary.
"It was a quieter Easter than usual. We found that most of the vehicles that had to be retrieved experienced mechanical faults,” Business Owner Carolyn Elder said.
The 4WD Ford Ranger became stuck on Sunday night when the driver decided to access Mudlo Rocks while in mid-tide.
Mrs Elder praised police for shutting down the beach access from Noosa North Shore while it was a full moon and high tide.
"I think it was the first time police have actually shut down the beach access as it was too dangerous for 4WDers to cross. As a result, we saw less people needing rescued which was a good thing,” she said.
"I think you always have some people who are hooligans and will try and cross the beach when they shouldn't, but the majority of our missions were not human error as such, but moreso mechanical faults.
"You get people who understand it's a national park. They know the sand dunes need to be protected and they shouldn't ruin it, and that during high tide, they shouldn't risk crossing the beach otherwise they can be bogged.”
In a separate incident, a driver was caught out when his four wheel drive was stuck in soft sand soft on Teewah Beach on Sunday. His four-wheel-drive vehicle rolled while negotiating the beach at North Shore.
Another driver was caught out when his four-wheel-drive rolled an erosion bank at Teewah on Thursday.
Photos of the incident posted to I got bogged at Inskip Point Facebook page showed the Holden Jackeroo on its roof at the popular Easter camping destination.
Passing motorists stopped to see if the occupants of the vehicle were okay.
Mrs Elder said it was important that people don't take "unnecessary risks” when on the beach.
"It's important for people to know if they are stuck, they can give us a call and we can help them. Some people try and recover themselves, but a phone call to us, can help ensure your vehicle is rescued instead of washed away,” she said.