Fraser Isl death

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 12:43
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Accident happened on Easter Friday. We arrived at the scene while returning to camp from Indian head.

It was very boggy coming off the beach and then a steep incline for 50mts. Both vehicles, after a recovery snatch, were stopped on the incline when it happened.

Very sobering thing to come across, makes you even more aware of the dangers in a common scenario we have all probably done or will do at some time or another.

Fraser accident

Take extra care all.

John
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 13:13

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 13:13
It does make you think doesn't it. I know myself I have got out of the 4by while in sand and forgotten to take it out of drive or put the handbrake on. You get back in and it hasn't gone anywhere because of the sand resistance but you dobleepyourself when you realise what you've done.

You've just got to take it slow and keep a cool head when recovering!
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 13:38

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 13:38
G'day John,

Was also there with a group of people (not at the time of the accident) but wonder how much pressure the guy was under. It was busy as hell and there were a lot of knuckleheads about. Had a guy wanting to play chicken right in the middle of this soft stuff and a another that was determined to race a mate to the centre, fortunately my mate stopped (got bogged as a consequence).

So I can only reiterate for everyone to take care and have some patience.

Kind regards

PS was a great weekend and had a kilometer of beach front real estate all to myself (most of the time - untill a troopy load of scandanavian backpackers moved in on the last night).

PSS There was a rolled Zook near Happy Valley, looked like someone had tried to tow it (snatch strap still attached), it had shredded front tyres - got no idea how you could do that on Frazer. No one around and I presume the hire company will be pleased?
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Reply By: SteveA - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 21:34

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 21:34
gidday everyone,
I was up on the beach (Noosa North Shore) 2 weeks before Easter and the amount of people just driving straight through onto the beach without letting their tyres down was absurd, then when we got to Double Island Point there were around 40 vehicleslined up to go through the cutting. Jesus the amount of d@#kh%^ds in charge of vehicles on the beach that day was rediculous.

I dragged a Holden Cruz right through the cutting. There was about 10 people pushing this car into the soft stuff, I asked if they had let their tyres down and the young bloke looked at me stupidly and said no. Bl**dy idiot.

There should be a big sign up before entering the beach to tell people to let their tyres down.

There so many people out there that think, lets go for a Sunday drive on the beach without taking an air guage and snatch em strap. Ok I'll get off my high horse now

SteveA
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 22:15

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 22:15
That is very tragic, what a simple error can lead to. It's all too easy for something like that to happen.

Re the bozos described in the other posts, two things come to mind .. "she'll be right" and "it will never happen to me". Drivers in command of 4bys, in any situation, can't afford to think like that. They need to know that there are techniques that need to be learnt and adhered to.

But how on earth do you get the message across to these people?

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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 23:02

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 23:02
We were up at Wedge Island the last long weekend. Apart from hundreds of motorX bikes and quad bikes, who totaly ripped the place to bits and LEFT ALL OF THEIR RUBBISH BEHIND. The speed which some people were doing up the beach was simply frightning.

One particular group of d**kheads, with cars full of people, kids etc; were racing each other back to camp, but they didn't slow down to go past a group of us parked on the beach having a chat.

The glare of indifference thrown at us for looking at them would have started a fight had it happened in a pub.

If that wasn't enough to really annoy us, it was the two 13 or 14 year old boys who got out of one of the cars, can of VB in hand, and gave us the finger !!

It seems many morons in this country, regardless of which state you're in
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Reply By: Member - Alan- Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 10:42

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 10:42
Doesn't matter where you are, on the road or off, the morons are out in their vehicles of all kinds especially at long weekends and whereever there's a venue close to a city.
I can understand how they get a licence but it beats me how they keep them! Although when looking at the lack of policing on WA roads of everything except someone going a few kays over the limit, maybe it's not so hard to understand after all.
Alan.
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:10

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 12:10
Very sad a moments lapse in concentration and it all goes wrong, i feel for the family and the people in the Pajero, how would you feel.

Baz.

ps, i like your rig pic John go the Disco!!!
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