SWAMPED: Rainbow Beach Towing and Roadside Assist recover a Land Cruiser trapped on the Mudlo Rocks Sunday morning.
SWAMPED: Rainbow Beach Towing and Roadside Assist recover a Land Cruiser trapped on the Mudlo Rocks Sunday morning. Craig Warhurst

Tough conditions catch experienced drivers at Mudlo Rocks

RAINBOW Beach's notorious Mudlo Rocks caught a further three drivers over the weekend.

Two vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser ute and a Mitsubishi Triton, were swallowed by the sea while a third vehicle was rescued before the incoming tide trapped the driver and his 4WD yesterday morning.

Owner of Rainbow Beach Towing and Roadside Assist Dave Elder said he was kept busy at the weekend with recovery work.

Rough seas whipped up by an east coast low on May 1 stripped the beach of sand last week and exposed the rocks.

The first unlucky driver was caught Friday night.

He was driving his Land Cruiser back to Rainbow in the dark on the incoming tide.

WET: This Land Cruiser endured three high tides at Rainbow Beach at the weekend.
WET: This Land Cruiser endured three high tides at Rainbow Beach at the weekend.

Mr Elder said the experienced beach driver got hung up on a rock and the tide trapped the vehicle before it could be rescued.

The Land Cruiser endured three high tides before it could be recovered Sunday morning.

A driver of a Triton ute got trapped Sunday night.

"By the time I got called the tide was too high to rescue the vehicle safely," Mr Elder said.

"Once you get stuck and tide starts coming you don't have much time.

"There was nothing we could do for him but take his belongings to higher ground."

The third vehicle was caught yesterday morning.

Mr Elder said the driver hit a rock and smashed a rim.

With the tide coming in the recovery crew didn't have enough time to change the tyre, they had to tow the vehicle to safety before the sea inundated the vehicle.

Mr Elder advises drivers not to take on the rocks at the moment.

"The sand is coming back but it's still dangerous," he said.

"At dead low tide you still have to go through water, even experienced beach drivers can get caught."



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