Waving goodbye to a 4WD
IT’S the sight to give any four-wheel-drive owner a sinking feeling.
Unable to budge their late model Pajero from deep sand on Corindi Beach, a visiting family watched on as the incoming high tide surrounded the vehicle.
Monday’s incident serves as a warning to others thinking about driving on soft sand beaches under large tides and heavy surf.
Corindi locals answered the call for help as the tide rose towards the vehicle.
Another 4WD driver owner put his own vehicle at risk attempting a tow.
Then a local bob cat hire company used a backhoe and mini excavator to pull the vehicle free, but not before it copped an unhealthy dose of salt water.
For Corindi 4WD enthusiast David James it was the second bogged vehicle he came across on Monday, after earlier pulling a stranded vehicle out of mud at Yuraygir National Park.
“The mud had only just dried when I heard about the vehicle stuck on the beach,” Mr James said.
The Sydney-based owners, holidaying at Arrawarra became bogged up to the axles, about 500 metres south of Corindi Headland.
The driver began to sink in the sand and drove towards the waters edge, getting into deep trouble after veering around a washed up log.
“They were in real strife when I got there and it was fast coming up to high tide, by 7.15pm waves began to crash over the roof.
“By the time the excavator got there the vehicle was bogged in sand up to the door sills.
The backhoe dug the sand away and chains were used to lift the vehicle up at a 45 degree angle.
“Everyone on the beach let out a loud cheer went up when it was pulled out,” he said.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and is the subject of an insurance claim.