Chantelle Hayes

Bogged and buggered

A GOLD Coast man was in Jeep trouble when his near-new Wrangler got bogged on Fingal Beach.

The owner could do nothing but stand by as waves broke around his four-wheel-drive, watching it slowly go under.

Chantelle Hayes was enjoying an afternoon on Fingal beach with friends on Sunday when they came across the water-logged Jeep Wrangler.

“What happened was the guy’s jet ski broke down in the surf and he backed his Jeep down with the trailer on to get it out,” said Miss Hayes, of Tweed Heads.

“But he went back too far and got bogged.

“Then the tide came in.”

Miss Hayes and her friends helped the driver carry his jet ski off the sand after it was apparent the four-wheel-drive could not be saved.

“What he should have done was take the jet ski trailer off the car and pulled it up by hand, which is what we had to do anyway,” she said.

Miss Hayes said the Jeep appeared to be brand new and had done less than 10,000 kilometres.

“It was a funny experience,” said Miss Hayes who is going on a four-wheel-driving holiday later this month on Fraser Island, Queensland.

“We’ll know what not to do when we go to Fraser.”

Another witness, who did not want to be named, said the Gold Coast owner was clearly distressed.

“The Jeep’s buggered, it will rust to pieces,” he said.

“The jet ski was only three weeks old and he had only bought the Jeep six weeks ago, second-hand.”

South Tweed Towing raced against the tide and used an excavator to pull the Jeep from the waves.

Tweed Heads Police attended the scene but said no investigations were continuing into the incident.



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