THREE people have been killed in a horror boating accident off the coast of Newcastle.
It’s understood an 11.7 metre catamaran with five people on board capsized in waters between seven and 15 nautical miles offshore of Stockton Beach on Thursday morning.
Police said an emergency beacon was activated shortly after 10am.
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Two people, believed to be a man in his 40s and a 16-year-old girl, were winched out of the ocean by a rescue helicopter and have been flown to the John Hunter Hospital.
They were found clutching onto the overturned vessel as it was being thrashed by high seas.
Sadly, police have since confirmed three people who were initially unaccounted for died in the tragedy.
Their bodies were found in floating on the ocean’s surface a short time ago and retrieved by Marine Rescue.
The genders and ages of the deceased are not known.
A NSW Ambulance spokesperson confirmed the occupants were wearing life jackets.