backpackers traveling to Fraser’s Island in Queensland, Australia, were left devastated after their SUV rolled off the Manta Ray barge ramp and fell into the ocean.
Fortunately, no one was inside the car at the time. However, the vehicle, which the unidentified travelers had apparently rented out, contained all their belongings — including cell phones and passports.
Facebook user Chloe Swift was able to record the entire scene on camera.
“Really sad and scary start to our Fraser Island trip all 4x4s were on the ferry and we were making our way to the island. One of the 4x4s at the back of the ferry completely rolled off and sank,” Swift posted on Facebook. “Luckily nobody inside the car! But quite a few phones, debit cards, passports and valuables all gone. Apparently 4x4 is about 60 meters under water now. Now let's all try and enjoy the rest of our journey on Fraser Island!”
She also shared a couple of pictures:
“There were a lot of girls obviously crying (because) their phones and everything are in the car that sunk,” Swift told ABC News. “The guys took it quite well but a lot of the girls were crying and a lot of people haven't rung their families because they are so upset right now.”
Brisbane native Katrina Lawrence, whose car was parked next to the unlucky SUV, said she did not see any staff member help during the incident.
“We were behind our car and my husband called out that the car next to us was rolling. It was rolling back to the bridge, which was still down. A young guy tried to grab it by the bull bar but he didn't have much luck,” explained Lawrence. “It skidded along for a bit, he let it go, and it proceeded to just roll over the back and into the water where it stayed up for about 30 seconds before it sunk down.”
A representative from the Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges said the company was investigating the incident.