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Recovery operations planned at Inskip Point

29 September 2015

Dive inspections at Inskip Point

Dive inspections at Inskip Point

Operations to recover vehicles lost during the Inskip Point near shore landslide event are planned for 29 September at 2.40 pm.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said recovery and dive specialists were onsite at 9 am on 29 September to conduct inspections and formulate recovery plans.

A four-wheel-drive vehicle, a caravan, a camper trailer and some tents fell into the hole left after the landslide that occurred around 10.30 pm on Saturday 26 September.

Specialist recovery staff will this afternoon attempt to recover the camper trailer on the low tide.

Dive inspections conducted this morning confirmed that at present only a small amount of the caravan could be seen above the underwater sand bed and there was no sign of the four-wheel drive vehicle.

At this stage further recovery operations for the vehicle and caravan are planned for 30 September.

Further monitoring of the site has been conducted by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) today, showing that, as expected, there has been a loss of some 1 metre of bank overnight with some small trees falling into the water.

Erosion may continue to occur slowly for some weeks.

The MV Beagle campground and eastern section of Sarawak campground remain closed with barriers extending out to 200 metres for public safety.

MV Natone, SS Dorrigo and The Oaks campground remain open, as does access to the barge via Inskip Point road.

The landslide led to the evacuation of 300 people, with all people accounted for and no injuries reported.

The resulting hole is some 208 metres long, 50 metres wide and 9 metres deep at its deepest point.

QPWS continues to urge people to avoid the area, observe traffic barriers and warning signs.

Campers who have booked for campsites that have been closed can call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) to discuss alternative arrangements with QPWS. Refunds will be offered to those who wish to cancel their booking.

QPWS has increased camp site numbers at nearby campgrounds in preparation for the coming long weekend.

There is currently capacity for 1350 people at Inskip Peninsula, 1780 people at Teewah Beach and capacity for more than 1000 people on Fraser Island.

Information on campsite availability and bookings is available online. 

Last updated
29 September 2015