Three men have died, and there’s fears there could be more, after a group were swept into the ocean at Port Kembla.
It’s understood the group were standing on rocks near an area known as ‘Hill 60’ around 10pm last night, when a large wave knocked them into the surf.
Shocked witnesses called emergency services, who launched a major search with the help of rescue helicopters and local lifeguards.
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So far, the bodies of three men have been recovered from the water.
While they are yet to be formally identified, police believe two of the men, aged 45 and 49, are from Green valley, while a third man is believed to be aged 69 from Campsie.
“Emergency services are continuing a search of the area for possibly other people that may be in the water,” NSW police said.
Eyewitnesses were unsure of exactly how many people were on the rocks when the wave hit, however, there have been no further reports of people missing this morning.
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Lake Illawarra police or Crime Stoppers.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.