Father and daughter die after swept off rocks 'while taking photo'

The bodies of a father and his five-year-old daughter have been found off the coast of South Australia after the pair were swept off rocks while reportedly taking a photo.

The Adelaide man, 35, and his daughter were swept off rocks at Cape Carnot at the Eyre Peninsula on Sunday afternoon, South Australia Police said.

Their bodies were spotted late on Sunday, with recovery operations organised by police and the State Emergency Services.

The girl’s body was recovered on Sunday while her dad’s was recovered on Monday.

Glenn Theakstone, co-owner of Whaler's Way Sanctuary, told the ABC the pair had been trying to take a photo of themselves with waves breaking behind them.

Rescuers at the scene at Cape Carnot on Sunday after the father and daughter were swept into the sea. Source: Nine News

“They had their backs turned to the sea while a third person was trying to take a photo of the waves smashing up behind them,” he told the ABC.

“And of course anyone who knows anything about the ocean knows that the Great Australian Bight's well known for that one rogue wave — every half a dozen sets or couple of sets, and that one has come through and actually swept them off the rocks.”

Mr Theakstone added the father and daughter had been warned that day and had also walked past a plaque commemorating someone who had died in the same spot.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

In other news, a father and son both died at Port Campbell in Victoria on Sunday after they tried to save a man.

The pair were hailed as heroes for their efforts.

With AAP

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