Caravan ‘swallowed’ by huge campsite sinkhole

Published: September 27, 2015
Caravan swallowed by sinkhole

A massive sinkhole has ‘swallowed’ a car, a caravan and camper trailer at a popular Queensland camping area.

Nearly 150 people staying at MV Beagle Campground, north of Queensland’s Rainbow Beach at Inskip Point, had to be evacuated when the 100-metres long sinkhole opened up last night.

Police and SES crews raced to the site, where no one was reported injured or missing.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officer on Sunday said the sinkhole was 100 metres long and about 50 metres wide and three metres deep.

Rainbow Beach newsagent Ruth Modin told Fairfax media that fishermen raised the alarm after seeing sand moving.

“There  was fishermen apparently nearby who said there was this noise and the next thing the sand just started moving out to sea,” she said. “And suddenly there as this big sinkhole.”

Ms Modin said campers coming into the shop the next morning told of being terrified after they had been told to immediately evacuate.

“It was dark and they were told to leave their vans and come back in the morning and hopefully they would still be there,” Ms Modin said. “But you’ve got to evacuate immediately, they were told.”

Some vans were also evacuated from the middle blocks of the Rainbow Beach campground, and 4WD drive vehicles can no longer get to Inskip Point along the beach.

Camper Melanie Wotherspoon described the nightmare in a Facebook post.

“Yep, can’t believe we made it out,” Ms Wotherspoon wrote. “I thought we were gonners for sure, was truly scary how fast it came into our camp site and swallowed it up.”

In 2011 a similar sinkhole emerged at the same campsite, again with no injuries.

* Were you at Inskip Point? Have you ever seen a sinkhole? Comment below

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