Three men dead after being swept into sea

Police will this morning resume a foreshore search after three men died after being swept into the sea off rocks at Port Kembla last night.

A major emergency response was initiated around 10pm yesterday, after reports several people had been washed off rocks into the sea at Port Kembla, NSW Police said in a statement this morning.

Police were told by witnesses a group of men were standing on rocks near an area known as Hill 60 when a large wave hit them, knocking them into the surf.

“Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Police District and Marine Area Command began searching for the men, assisted by NSW Ambulance, rescue helicopters and local lifeguards,” NSW Police said.

The bodies of three men were recovered from the water a short time later.

While they are yet to be formally identified, police believe two of men, aged 45 and 49, are from Green valley, while a third man is believed to be aged 69 from Campsie.

“The search continues this morning as 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,” NSW Police said.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Lake Illawarra police or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or