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Divers tell of "bottomless" chasm at Inskip Pt

A CAMPER trailer was successfully removed from the water at Inskip Pt this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Wolf Rock Commercial Divers today braved the "bottomless" chasm to devise a recovery plan for the caravan and car swallowed when a landslide on Saturday created a hole in the beach.

Diver Kevin Phillips says the chances of recovering the caravan and car swallowed by a landslide on Saturday are slim but the team would do its best.  

"We can see and get access to the last metre or two of the caravan chassis," he said. The car that was attached to the caravan when it sank was not visible, he said.   

Recovery efforts will recommence tomorrow morning. 

Earlier: 

DIVERS at the scene of the near-shore landslide that claimed a car, caravan and trailer will this afternoon attempt to recover the lost vehicles, as the shoreline continues to collapse.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said recovery and dive specialists were onsite at 9am today 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 10.30pm on Saturday.

Specialist staff from "Rainbow Recovery" will this afternoon attempt to recover the camper trailer on the low tide.

Dive inspections conducted by "Wolf Rock Dive" 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 tomorrow (Wednesday).

Further monitoring of the site by QPWS today shows that, as expected, there was a loss of about one 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 200m 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.

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