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Man swims to safety after 2 drown

| 25.07,09. 01:05 PM |

Man swims to safety after 2 drown

AAP July 25, 2009 11:09AM

A MAN swam for up to a kilometre to reach safety when his fishing boat capsized near a south Sydney beach today but two other people he was with drowned.

Two men and a woman left the Port Hacking boat ramp at Cronulla about 2.30am (AEST) today to go fishing, Detective Inspector Rohan Cramsie from Miranda police said.

They came into difficulty about 10 minutes later when a freak wave apparently struck their boat, throwing all onboard into the water.

"That is a possibility, we certainly wouldn't be ruling anything out," Det Insp Cramsie said.

A 32-year old man from Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, managed to swim for about a kilometre to Wanda Beach.

About 3.30am he raised the alarm at a nearby house.

A search involving a rescue helicopter, water and local police as well as local surf lifesavers ended when two bodies were found 500m off Wanda Beach at 7.15am.

At this stage the identities of those involved are unknown and their relatives have not been notified.

Det Insp Cramsie could not say if the deceased man and woman were strong or weak swimmers.

Nor could he say if those on board had been drinking alcohol before the incident.

The six-metre aluminium fishing boat the three people were in has been taken to Sans Souci water police for forensic examination.

The matter has also been referred to the coroner.

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