Four-wheel-drive with jetskis and van from Geraldton become latest victims of tides at Broome’s Cable Beach

Tom Zaunmayr & Elise Van AkenMidwest Times
VideoA 4WD owner found himself wishing he'd stuck to the tarmac in Broome this week.

Cable Beach’s big tides have claimed five victims in three days — this time two vehicles coming from the Mid West.

The latest in a string of incidents occurred on Saturday morning, south of the Surf Life Saving club as the tide rose to 8.8m, well short of the 10-plus metre tides experienced in the region.

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

The Ultimate Watersports Toyota LandCruiser, a company based out of the Geraldton suburb of Wandina, had two jetskis hitched to its back when it became bogged and became flooded.

Ultimate Watersports is one of a handful of businesses with permits to drive on to Cable Beach in the area near the Surf Life Saving club to conduct commercial activities, operating in Broome and Exmouth from May to September and October.

The tour operator took to the company Facebook page to explain a mechanical issue left them in danger of the rising tide.

“(Saturday) was as rough a day you can get for the entire team. Especially given the year we have already had so far with the cyclone and lockdowns,” they wrote.

Cable Beach has a beast of a tide and a small wrong move can quickly go to worse terribly fast.

- Ultimate Watersports.

“Cable Beach has a beast of a tide and a small wrong move can quickly go to worse terribly fast.

“A mechanical issue at just the wrong time cost us today and we will need to try to move forward from this the best we can.”

One of the vans swallowed by Cable Beach tides on Sunday night.
Camera IconOne of the vans swallowed by Cable Beach tides on Sunday night. Credit: Broome Advertiser/Tom Zaunmayr

On Sunday night two vans also fell victim to the tides, one with a City of Greater Geraldton numberplate, becoming inundated at the rocks about midnight.

Witnesses told the Broome Advertiser the vans’ occupants went to a beach party north of the rocks along the famous stretch of sand.

About 11.30pm the two vans fell victim to an 8.9m tide and by midnight both vans were submerged up to the windowsills, with one threatening to roll over in the surf.

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