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Slim chance for caravan, car in Inskip's 'bottomless' chasm

RECOVERY: Rainbow Beach Towing Company pulls the camper trailer from the Inskip Point sinkhole.
RECOVERY: Rainbow Beach Towing Company pulls the camper trailer from the Inskip Point sinkhole. Greg Miller

A CHASSIS and some car keys may be all that is left of the deluxe caravan Jenny and Dieter Gass called home until it was dragged, with their car, into the ocean at Inskip Pt on Saturday night.

Rainbow Beach Towing Company.
Rainbow Beach Towing Company.

A camper trailer (pictured) was pulled from Inskip Pt yesterday by Rainbow Beach Towing.

Carolyn Elder from Rainbow Beach Towing films the recovery.
Carolyn Elder from Rainbow Beach Towing films the recovery.

But divers say the chances of recovery for the caravan and car swallowed by a landslide on Saturday were slim.

The shoreline continues to erode into the "bottomless" chasm while a local commercial dive team devised a recovery plan.

"We can see and get access to the last metre or two of the caravan chassis," Mr Phillips, of Wolf Rock Commercial Divers, said.

Divers devised a recovery plan for the vehicles.
Divers devised a recovery plan for the vehicles.

His divers could not see the car, which must have sunk below the "false bottom" of the sea, about 10m beneath the surface, he said.

"Nothing is bottomless, but this is coming from the artesian water system and who knows how deep that goes," he said.

"Stick your hand in what you think is the bottom and all it is is a fluid, silky sandy silt.

"If you were an old hard hat diver where you had to walk around with your heavy boots, you'd be gone."

Vegetation that sank with the vehicles, a camper trailer and tents made the job dangerous.

"The scariest part of it is there's a whole forest in there with the caravan and the car," he said.

Divers were equipped with special breathing apparatus to make sure they could get air if they became trapped, he said.

Owners of the caravan Dieter and Jenny Gass, who are on the Coast, said it was surreal to hear that their caravan was most likely lost, but they were hopeful some possessions could still be recovered.

"It's unreal … I'm devastated about losing them.

"But you have to accept it."

Topics:  caravan inskip point landslide sinkhole


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