Gympie boy Sam Charlton braves the rain yesterday.
Gympie boy Sam Charlton braves the rain yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Boaties and surfers heed warning

CAMPERS were not evacuated from around the Inskip, Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay areas on Sunday, despite beaches being closed amid tsunami fears.

Gympie police received numerous enquires about the safety of people camping, but evacuations were not made mandatory.

Beaches were closed from 9am on Sunday and re-opened yesterday.

SES Local Controller Terry Clark said most people heeded the warnings and were sensible.

And fortunately SES personnel on stand by weren’t needed.

Some SES volunteers manned boat ramps at Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach and advised people not to go out on the water until after 3pm.

“We had guys at the boat ramps... everyone took the advice,” he said.

Mr Clark said most boaties had known about the warning and were happy to wait a few hours until the danger had passed.

“There was only a six hour window of possible calamity,” he said.

A Rainbow Beach police spokesperson said Nippers was cancelled due to the tsunami warning and the beach was closed, but there were no real problems.

Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Ron Organ said most people kept away from the beach, but some that weren’t aware of the warnings were happy to listen to the club and stay off the beach.

A lot of curious people flocked to Rainbow Beach with cameras to watch for any increase in swell, but they were disappointed as no noticeable change was visible.

Mr Organ said at one stage about 60 people were standing on the foreshore.

But lifesavers were busier on Saturday night as the full moon created very low and very high tides.

Brisbane campers at Double Island Point were caught in rising swell around 5.30pm when the tide started coming in; high tide peaked at 1.7m.

Their 4WD was completely submerged about 7pm.

Mr Organ said two lifesavers from Rainbow Beach launched the inshore rescue boat after they were concerned about the three men and a woman being washed away in the high tide.

The lifesavers returned to Rainbow about 9pm after searching for the campers to find they were safe. The vehicle was recovered on Sunday.

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