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A desperate search is continuing for a 19-year-old New South Wales fisherman who was swept off rocks south of Sydney.

Brenden Hurd was hit by a large wave while fishing with friends at Hill 60 park in Port Kembla on the Illawarra coast yesterday.

Mr Hurd’s friends jumped into the ocean but could not reach him and had to be rescued themselves.

Brenden Hurd was swept off the rocks at Port Kembla yesterday.
Brenden Hurd was swept off the rocks at Port Kembla yesterday. (9News)

“Multiple people went into the water to try and help their friend, they too got in trouble in the water,” Surf Life Saving Illawarra Anthony Turner said.

Three boats have taken up the search today, Marine Rescue NSW said.

Drones and PolAir have also joined the search for Mr Hurd.

Choppers and a fleet of boats led a massive rescue effort yesterday, but the search was called off about 6pm because of deteriorating conditions.

The rock shelf at Hill 60 park, Port Kembla, near where the man was swept off the rocks.
The rock shelf at Hill 60 park, Port Kembla, near where the man was swept off the rocks. (Google)

Surf Life Saving officials said the popular fishing spot is notoriously dangerous.

“It has been notorious over the last two years, there have been multiple deaths in this location,” Mr Turner said.

In 2021, five people died fishing from the rock at Hill 60 park in a period of just one month.

Source: 9News

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