Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach. Recovery attempt for the caravan and 4 wheel drive that were swallowed up by the sinkhole/underwater landslide. Claytons Towing attempted the salvage operation. Claytons workers make up a block and tackle to get more leverage off the tow line. Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach. Recovery attempt for the caravan and 4 wheel drive that were swallowed up by the sinkhole/underwater landslide. Claytons Towing attempted the salvage operation. Claytons workers make up a block and tackle to get more leverage off the tow line. Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times Greg Miller

No hope to retrieve caravan from sinkhole at Inskip Pt

SO NEAR and yet so far: the car and caravan claimed by Saturday's landslide sinkhole at Inskip Point are lost forever.

Davy Jones's locker yesterday slammed shut on both the 4WD vehicle and its attached caravan, both of them now completely buried in sand at the bottom of a 4m-deep hole in the north-facing beach.

"The 4WD was completely buried and the caravan was sticking out at about 45 degrees," said Kevin Phillips of the Rainbow Beach from, Wolf Rock Dive.

"We believe it was still attached to the car," he said.

Mr Phillips, who worked underwater all day, used water jets to try to dislodge sand.

"There's nothing visible there anymore," Mr Phillips said of the car and caravan which were partly swallowed when an Inskip Point campsite collapsed from under them on Saturday night.

Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach. Recovery attempt for the caravan and 4 wheel drive that were swallowed up by the sinkhole/underwater landslide. Claytons Towing attempted the salvage operation. Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach. Recovery attempt for the caravan and 4 wheel drive that were swallowed up by the sinkhole/underwater landslide. Claytons Towing attempted the salvage operation. Photo Greg Miller / Gympie Times Greg Miller

"We found the lady's handbag and some of her luggage, with all her medication and her purse with credit cards and her driver's licence.

"So that will all be returned to her.

"But the car and the caravan are on a journey to the centre of the earth," he said at the landslide scene yesterday.

"It's the cruel sea. The sand has just swallowed them up.

"We pulled lightly, we pulled harder, we jetted high pressure water and it shifted some of the sand.

"Eventually the caravan chassis just broke off," he said.

"We started at 8.30am and finished about 3.30pm.



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