A man has died trying to rescue his son after the boy was swept off rocks at Woonona Beach, NSW, on Saturday evening.
Emergency services were called to the beach, off Kurraba Road, at about 5.40pm following reports several people had been swept into the ocean.
Officers from Wollongong Police district were told two children were playing in the water when they were swept out to sea.
Bystanders used jet skis and surfboards to help the children back to shore, however, a man believed to be aged in his 40s, was pulled unconscious from the water.
A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au the man was trying to rescue the children.
According to The Daily Telegraph, one of the children was believed to be the man’s son.
The Lifesaver Helicopter was called to the scene and landed near the surf club where NSW Ambulance paramedics worked to resuscitate the man, however, he died at the scene.
Eight people were also treated for injuries in the dramatic rescue at Woonona Beach, including three children who were taken to Wollongong Hospital and are in stable conditions.
More to come.