Man swept off rocks at Port Kembla dies

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One man has died and another is in a critical condition after they were swept off rocks into the sea at Port Kembla in NSW's Illawarra region.

Police say they and a third man were swept into the sea just before 7pm on Friday at Hill 60 near Fishermans Beach where three men drowned three weeks ago.

Police along with the Toll Rescue Helicopter crew and a Surf Lifesaving inflatable rescue boat crew were alerted and began searching for the men.

A Highway Patrol officer entered the water with a flotation device and swam out to the men, along with a member of the public.

Two men and the officer were retrieved from the water by the rescue boat crew who brought them to Port Kembla beach.

CPR was performed on one of the men but he died at the scene.

The Toll Helicopter crew winched a third man to safety and he was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he is in a critical condition.