Tuesday 25 July 2017

Families scramble to save vehicles after monstrous sinkhole suddenly opens up at campsite

Two men rush to move their truck as the sinkhole opens to the left Credit: Liveleak
Two men rush to move their truck as the sinkhole opens to the left Credit: Liveleak
The sinkhole opens to the left of the screen Credit: Liveleak

David Kearns

Panicked holidaymakers were left scrambling to save their vehicles after a sinkhole suddenly opened up at an Australian campsite.

In tense footage, several tourists are seen running around in the dark as they try to find family members before rescuing their belongings.

"Move, move now!" shouts one man as the sinkhole appears from the left hand side of the screen.

The video was uploaded by Clayton's Towing Service after two employees and their families were caught up in panic at Inskip Point campsite in Queensland, Australia.

On Saturday, a massive 150-by-50 metre sinkhole opened up at the camping area near Rainbow Beach.

Authorities say the hole is now “at least three metres deep” and takes in a large part of the popular camp site.

The huge sinkhole swallowed a car, a caravan, and a camping trailer on Saturday and prompted the evacuation of around 140 people.

One camper said the sinkhole, larger than a football field, scared “the life out of her”.

“Yep, can't believe we made it out," Melanie Wotherspoon wrote on Facebook.

"I thought we were goners for sure, was truly scary how fast it came into our camp site and swallowed it up."

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