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At least one swimmer is dead as six people swept out to sea in horror rip south of Sydney

At least one swimmer has died after six people including three children were swept out to sea off rocks at a popular beach south of Sydney.

Three children and three adults were washed out to sea after being swept off rocks at Woonona Beach near Wollongong on Saturday evening.

Emergency services were called to the popular beach at about 5:40pm while bystanders used jet skis and surfboards the help the children back to shore.

A man, believed to be in his 40s, was pulled unconscious from the water and was in critical condition as paramedics worked to save his life. 

Nine News reported that one man has died but it is not yet known if this is the same man who was unconscious or one of the other two adults. 

The Lifesaver Helicopter has been called to the scene and landed near the surf club. 

Wollongong Police have been told two children were playing in the shallows when they were swept out to sea. 

It is not known how the four others were also swept out to sea but they were reportedly also on the rocks at the time. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Police and NSW Ambulance for comment.  

More to come 

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