Rescue
On Feb 13, 2021

Two more deaths on Hill 60 rocks

UPDATE: A second man has died after three men were swept off rocks into the sea while fishing at Hill 60, Port Kembla, last night.

It is the same rock platform where three men died after being washed into the sea while fishing late at night on January 22.

hree men were swept into the sea just before 7pm yesterday.

A Police Highway Patrol officer swam out to two of the men with a flotation device. A Surf Life Saving crew reached the men and the officer about 7.30pm and they were taken to Port Kembla beach.

CPR was initiated on one of the men, however, he died at the scene. He has now been identified as a 30-year-old man from Lakemba.

The police officer and the second man, aged 42 from Wiley Park, were not injured.

The third man was winched from the sea by a Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter crew and taken to Wollongong Hospital in a critical condition but also died. He is yet to be formally identified.

None of the men was wearing a lifejacket.

Two other police officers suffered minor injuries during the rescue operation. They were being assessed at Wollongong Hospital early this morning.

Investigators are appealing for anyone with vision of the incident, and subsequent emergency response, to contact Lake Illawarra Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.


FEBRUARY 12: One man is dead and another is critical after being swept off rocks at Port Kembla this evening at the same location where three men drowned three weeks ago.

Emergency services were alerted after three men were swept into the sea just before 7pm (Friday 12 February 2021), at Hill 60 near Fishermans Beach.

Officers from the Lake Illawarra Police District along with the Toll Rescue Helicopter crew, Surf Lifesaving IRB crew and Highway Patrol attended the scene and began searching for the men.

A crew from Marine Rescue Port Kembla also was activated.

A Highway Patrol officer entered the sea 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 IRB crew, who transported them to Port Kembla beach.CPR was initiated on one of the men, however, he died at the scene.

The police officer and the second fisherman were not injured.

The Toll Helicopter crew winched the third man to safety; he has now been transported to Wollongong Hospital, where he is reported to be in a critical condition.

Two other police officers suffered minor injuries during the rescue operation.There is no further information available at this time on the identities of the men and inquiries are now under way.

Main photo: Nine News Illawarra.

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