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High tide at Rainbow Beach 'swallows' two 4WDs

CAUGHT OUT: A Holden Jackaroo and Toyota Landcruiser were pummelled by the high tide at Rainbow Beach’s Mudlo Rocks on Sunday night.
CAUGHT OUT: A Holden Jackaroo and Toyota Landcruiser were pummelled by the high tide at Rainbow Beach’s Mudlo Rocks on Sunday night. Contributed

A GROUP of surfers returning from Double Island Point along Rainbow Beach's coastal road got stuck and had to abandon their two vehicles to the tide on Sunday.

Rainbow Beach Towing owner Dave Elder said a lot of sand had been washed away from Mudlo Rocks recently and both vehicles got stuck about 8pm.

"It was dark and they didn't realise the water was as deep as it was," Mr Elder said.

As the tide came in, it "swallowed" the Holden Jackaroo and Toyota Landcruiser, overturning the Landcruiser.

There was nothing that could be done to rescue the two vehicles until low tide, around 4pm yesterday, Mr Elder said.

Three vehicles have now been caught by the infamous Mudlo Rocks at Rainbow Beach this month.

A Toyota Hilux was stranded, also on a Sunday - February 10 - as the vehicle was also being driven home along the beach road.

Mr Elder and his wife Carolyn bought Rainbow Beach Towing 12 months ago and have since rescued 16 vehicles, including the latest two.

He recommends people check the tides and give themselves plenty of time to get home.

"And if the rocks are exposed, rather than risk going the coastal route, take the inland Freshwater Track," he said.

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