BEACH-GOERS had to be fast on their feet yesterday after the ground disappeared from under them at Inskip Point, near Rainbow Beach.
The sand started slipping just after 10am, according to Hervey Bay man Ron Morgan, who could only watch in shock as a small hole turned into a gaping chasm 30 metres wide and kept on growing.
“The beach is just falling, it's disappearing into a giant hole,” he told the Chronicle yesterday.
“You can't see the bottom. It's like a deep crevasse, and it is growing all the time.”
By mid-afternoon, Mr Morgan estimated the hole to be about 100 metres across, and about six metres deep.
“It's all the way up to the tree line and I just saw two trees fall in,” he said.
“The whole beach is disappearing.”
Mr Morgan said he thought the erosion might be because the fresh-water table was so full from recent rain that a spring had bubbled up through the sand, causing the beach to collapse.
“But I don't know for sure, all I know is I've never seen anything like it.”
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