A large 'sink hole' swallowed a large chunk of the camping area on Inskip Point, taking with it a caravan, camper trailer and one vehicle.
A large 'sink hole' swallowed a large chunk of the camping area on Inskip Point, taking with it a caravan, camper trailer and one vehicle. Che Chapman

OUR SAY: Answerson Inskip sand slip

IT'S good to finally have some clarity about the "sinkhole" incident at Inskip Point because people tend to fear what they don't understand.

We now know that what happened was a fairly common event - a "retrogressive breach flow slide" rather than a "sinkhole".

In other words, a strong tidal surge swept away a large area of sand and the surrounding sand fell in to replace it.

It seems these things happen about once a year but this time it was on a large scale and in a prominent and popular camping spot.

We all know a handful of people were lucky to escape injury and the incident made world headlines.

The release of a report which establishes it as a reasonably common occurrence means campers can make up their own minds about whether to return to the camping site these Christmas holidays.

The chances are they will be back in droves, especially as buffer zones have been established in high-risk areas and signs will warn people of the dangers.

It was dramatic and frightening at the time but it's nice to have things back to normal.