People fishing at Port Kembla in the NSW Illawarra region are swept across the rocks, one day after three men died when they were washed into the surf. Half of those fishing are washed into rocks as they try to scramble out of the path of the surf. The local rescue operations and Surf Life Saving are all aware of the dangers of fishing off rocks and recovering people around these areas. According to a toll compiled by Royal Life Saving Australia, there have been 57 drownings so far this summer including 18 in NSW. General manager of Surf Life Saving Australia, Shane Daw, put the surge in fatalities down to large surf and a failure to take enough care.