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Trouble free weekend at Mudlo Rocks

NEGOTIATING Rainbow Beach at Mudlo Rocks was relatively risk free for motorists at the weekend.

Dave Elder, owner of Rainbow Beach Towing and Assist said there was now slightly more sand on the beach, making it a firmer surface for vehicles to drive across.

"It was trouble free," he said. "No one got stuck that I know of. It was a pretty good weekend."

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The sand built up slightly during the week, because the surf was not as rough as it was the weekend before, and the tides were spaced further apart.

"In other words, there are smaller lows and highs, which helps keep the sand on the beach," Mr Elder said.

The weekend before, on Saturday, March 7, a Jeep became stranded and lost to the ocean. A family from Brisbane had been told it was safe to cross the infamous spot, but got bogged down and by the time Mr Elder's towing truck arrived, it was too late to save the vehicle.

It was the fifth vehicle to get bogged this year and the fourth to be written off after being pounded and swamped by the waves.

PHOTO: FRANCES KLEIN
PHOTO: FRANCES KLEIN

Three of those vehicles were towed off the rocks at the same time, making it something of a record, according to Mr Elder and some Rainbow Beach locals.

All the vehicles lost to the sea were 4WDs and Mr Elder said if there was any doubt, people should take the inland Freshwater Track to Double Island Point, rather than risk losing their vehicle.

"And if they do get bogged, phone us straight away, before the tide turns and it's too late to save your vehicle," he said.

Anyone who wants to check the condition of the sand at Mudlo Rocks before they drive across can contact Rainbow Beach Towing and Assist on 5486 8555 for an update.

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