Police continue search after triple drowning on NSW coast
Three people have died after a group of people were standing on rocks near Hill 60 Lookout when a large wave crashed on top of them and washed them into the water.
Police are continuing their search of the Port Kembla foreshore in the Illawarra region of NSW after three men were swept into the sea and drowned overnight.
Witnesses say 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.
A full-scale search of land, air and seas began around 10pm with the bodies of three men recovered from the water soon after.
While they are yet to be formally identified, police believe two men, aged in their forties, are from Green Valley, while a third man is believed to be aged 69 from Campsie.
The two men from Green Valley are members of the same family but were not known to the 69-year-old.
"They are total strangers but all came to the same location to enjoy their fishing." Acting Superintendent Gordon Dunlop said.
"We are speaking with the families and we share their grief."
Two other people were able to make it ashore who were treated for minor injuries by NSW Ambulance.
"There were number of families out there, just enjoying their fishing, a rogue wave came through and three lost their lives ... it was a very distressing scene last night," NSW Ambulance Norm Reese said.
"It's not pleasant part of our job ... we all see too many of these things."
The search continues this morning for property and belongings of those involved however police do not believe there are any other victims.
As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Lake Illawarra police or Crime Stoppers.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
The three victims are among a concerning series of incidents in recent days.
A man in his 20s is still missing in Coffs Harbour after being thought to have been knocked into choppy seas on Thursday night.
A fisherman also remains in a critical condition after he was swept off rocks at near Wattamolla Beach yesterday.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.