Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man's death in Port Stephens, after he was swept off rocks on Sunday.
Port Stephens-Hunter Police District officers were told two men were on rocks at Boulder Bay, south of Fingal Bay, about 10am when they were swept into the ocean by a wave.
Two friends, who were nearby, threw life jackets to the men, but only one was able to grab it, police said.
Surf lifesavers were alerted and attended the scene and found the body of a 32-year-old man.
They rescued the second man, who had a life jacket and he was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.
Officers are now waiting to speak with all surviving members of the group to establish the circumstances surrounding the man's death.
Police believe the deceased man was visiting the area from Merrylands.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online
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