King tides in ramp swamp

KING tides pushed the waters of Auckland Creek wash nearly five metres up Gladstone Yacht Club's boat ramp yesterday.

The high tide at 10am drew a flock of surprised spectators, with children splashing in the water and parents taking photos.

Members of Gladstone's Volunteer Marine Rescue crew were unfazed by the high tide, despite being cut off from their steps and car park.

Even their speed limit sign for boaties was completely submerged.

The volunteers described the tide as “no big deal” and spoke of time back in the mid-1970s when a king tide rose up to reach the nearby Yacht Club's boat shed.

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