Four-wheel-drive with jetskis becomes latest victim of big tides at Broome’s Cable Beach

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A 4WD with jetskis is swallowed by the Broome tides.
Camera IconA 4WD with jetskis is swallowed by the Broome tides. Credit: Tom Tracey/Tom Tracey

Cable Beach’s big tides have claimed another victim — this time a Toyota Landcruiser with two jetskis hitched to its back.

The latest incident occurred on Saturday morning south of the surf lifesaving club as the tides rose to 8.8 metres, well short of the 10-plus metre tides experienced in the region.

Social media was flooded with photos of the four-wheel-drive being consumed by the tide, with some stating it had been trying to launch the two jetskis on its trailer.

The bogged four-wheel-drive at Cable Beach.
Camera IconThe bogged four-wheel-drive at Cable Beach. Credit: The West Australian

The vehicle in question is one of a handful of businesses allowed to drive onto the area of Cable Beach south of the lifesaving club to conduct commercial activities — in this case jetski hire.

It is the latest in a string of cars lost on Cable Beach as record numbers of tourists flock to the North West this year.

In early July the Shire of Broome issued a stern warning about speed limits after a 4WD rolled north of the rocks.

VideoTwo Landcruisers had to drag a written off car out of the water after it got caught in Cable Beach's big tides.

“The speed limit for vehicles driving on both Cable Beach both near Gantheaume Point and north of the rocks is 15km/h – please stick to this speed for everyone’s safety,” the Shire said.

In June a hire car parked at Gantheaume Beach fell victim to Broome’s tides, drawing a crowd as two four-wheel-drives dragged it to dry land to be towed away.

The bogged four-wheel-drive at Cable Beach.
Camera IconThe bogged four-wheel-drive at Cable Beach. Credit: The West Australian

Less than one months prior a four-wheel-drive suffered the same fate north of the rocks, while two tourists were run over while watching the sunset when a vehicle parked behind them rolled down the beach.

There have also been several run-ins between horses, camels and dogs which have resulted in injuries to riders.

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