People look on in shock as SUV rolls off barge and sinks into ocean

The car managed to stay afloat for around 30 seconds before it became a permanent submersible.

    2017/01/05

NSFW    FRASER ISLAND, AUSTRALIA — Viral video filmed last week on a barge travelling to Australia’s tourist hotspot Fraser Island shows an SUV rolling off the vessel and sinking.

The footage was posted to Facebook by Chloe Swift on Saturday. She wrote on Facebook people had lost their phones, debit cards and passports. No one was in the car at the time of the accident.

According to Queensland newspaper The Brisbane Times, the barge was operated by Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges. They told the newspaper they’re probing the incident.

The vehicle was parked with handbrake on, but wasn’t left in gear. The ramp was low while far into its journey, a passenger explained to the Brisbane Times.

The vehicle had been rented by a group of travelers who were in transit to Fraser Island.
This screengrab shows the moment the car falls of the barge. FACEBOOK / CHLOE SWIFT
This screengrab shows the moment the car falls of the barge. FACEBOOK / CHLOE SWIFT
The SUV floated for around half a minute before sinking to Davy Jones’ Locker. FACEBOOK / CHLOE SWIFT
The SUV floated for around half a minute before sinking to Davy Jones’ Locker. FACEBOOK / CHLOE SWIFT
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