A Landcruiser disappears into the water between Inskip Point and Fraser Island.
A Landcruiser disappears into the water between Inskip Point and Fraser Island.

Watch as a Land Cruiser rolls off a barge and into the ocean

UPDATE: IT has been a rough end to 2016 for one unlucky party-goer when their four-wheel drive fell from the back of a barge travelling from Inskip Point to Fraser Island on Saturday morning.

As the holidays continue, hundreds of tourists take the barge to Fraser Island to enjoy a few days of sun, sand and relaxation

But the holiday was ruined before it started for one driver, who watched their car and belongings slowly sink to the bottom of the Great Sandy Strait after it rolled off the back of a barge mid-transport.

An image depicting the vehicle obtained from the "I got bogged at Inskip Point" Facebook page shows the silver car half submerged in sea water.

Video of the incident on the Moreton Crime Watch page shows the LandCruiser rolling off the back of the barge and into the sea to the amazed cries of other people on the barge.

In the video, a loud voice can be heard asking the passengers to "calm down" and "f**king chill out" as the vessel quickly moves away from the floating vehicle.

"Those poor people," one witness said in the video.

"All their stuff's in there as well."

The post that goes with the video says there was, fortunately, nobody in the vehicle at the time, but "quite a few" phones, along with debit cards, passports, and other valuables went into the water with it.

"Apparently (the) 4x4 is about 60 metres under water now," the post says.

"Really sad and scary start to our Fraser Island trip, all 4x4's were on the ferry and we were making our way to the island," one witness, Chloe, posted.

"One of the 4x4's at the back of the ferry completely rolled off and sank. Luckily nobody inside the car!"

Since it was uploaded on Saturday, the video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Across social media, thousands of people have joined the debate about who might be to blame for the unfortunate incident.

Some people, like Luke Mears, believe it was the responsibility of the driver to make sure the handbrake was on and the car was either in gear or in park.

"That clearly had no hand brake on at all," Luke said.

"It rolled as free a bird!"

Others, like Peter Whyte, said it was up to the barge operators to make sure the car was secure before leaving the mainland.

"I think part responsibility goes to the ferry operator to have a barrier and if not, wheels should be checked on all vehicles," Peter said.

"That would not happen in a more populated area."

EARLIER: VIDEO has emerged of the moment a Land Cruiser rolled off the barge at Inskip Point. 

An image depicting the vehicle obtained from the I got bogged at Inskip Point Facebook page shows the silver car half submerged in sea water.

Video of the incident on the Moreton Crime Watch page shows the land cruiser rolling off the back of the barge and into the sea to the amazed cries of other people on the barge.

The post that goes with the video says there was, fortunately, nobody in the vehicle at the time, but "quite a few" phones, along with debit cards, passports, and other valuables went into the water with it.

"Apparently (the) 4x4 is about 60 metres under water now," the post says.

A Land Cruiser in the drink after apparently falling off the barge at Inskip Point.
A Land Cruiser in the drink after apparently falling off the barge at Inskip Point. Contributed
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