Two men have died after they were swept off rocks at the same spot where three men drowned three weeks ago.
Emergency crews were called to Hill 60 near Fishermans Beach at Port Kembla just before 7pm on Friday after witnesses saw a group of people pulled into the ocean.
Two of the men were pulled to the beach where CPR was initiated on one of them.
Despite the best efforts of rescue crews, he sadly died at the scene.
A third man was winched from the water by the Toll rescue helicopter and transported to Wollongong Hospital, where he died shortly afterwards, NSW Ambulance said.
“No words can describe the chaotic scene that paramedic crew and other first responders we were faced with this evening,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Norm Rees said.
“It was absolutely heartbreaking to respond to a scene where previous lives have been lost despite the warnings.
“Please take all safety precautions when taking part in activities around water. Emergency service personnel put their lives at risk to save the patients.”
Two police officers also suffered minor injuries in the rescue operation.
Three men killed in same spot last month
On January 22, a large wave swept a group of people into the water at Hill 60.
Three men aged 45, 49 and 69 were killed in the tragedy.
“[This is] a timely warning to everybody, the location that people do fish on these outcrops where it is very close to the sea and on a point or headland,” Assistant Superintendent Gordon Dunlop said at the time.
“Unfortunately the weather does change [and] sometimes the waves can become quite dangerous for those on the surface of the rocks.”
On January 25, three days after the trio’s deaths, another group of rock fishermen were spotted at the same spot - prompting backlash over their “stupidity” after a video was posted online.
“After few days of several people losing their lives more IDIOTS at the exact same spot risking their lives,” the person who shared the video to the group said.
“Stupidity like this is only going to spoil it for the rest of us, absolutely ridiculous,” another person said.
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