Deadly 'freak wave' swept women into sea in Sydney

Deadly 'freak wave' swept women into sea in Sydney Rescue crews are working to find people swept off the rocks at Kurnell in Sydney’s south.

Two women who died after they were swept into the ocean in Sydney's south were part of a group of picnickers walking along a rock platform, police have said.

Emergency services were first called to the scene at Kurnell about 4.30pm and the women were pulled from the water a short time later.

Paramedics performed CPR on two of the women, but they died at the scene.

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A third woman is being treated for hypothermia and there are concerns she has a spinal injury.

NSW Police Superintendent Joe McNulty told Today the group of five had been walking along the rocks at low tide when a "freak wave" knocked the women into the water.

Two bystanders were being treated for hypothermia.

It's believed they tried to help rescue the women.

Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce warned beachgoers to exercise caution around the notoriously dangerous coastline.

"In the last two weeks we have seen four drownings at this location, all of which stemming from people participating in activities on exposed rock shelves which pose serious risks," Pearce said.

"We cannot stress enough, particularly at this time of year where we see more and more people coming to the coastline for activities other than swimming, that it is still very important that you take caution and understand your limits in these treacherous locations."

The area is a popular place for rock fishermen but there is no indication that the women were fishing.

Last month, two fishermen died after being swept off rocks along the same stretch of coast.

McNulty warned beachgoers to pay careful attention when they were on the rocks.

"Never turn your back on the sea, no matter what activity you're doing," he said.

"It's the golden rule. Don't turn your back on the ocean."

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