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Body found in search for two men feared drowned at Wybung Head

Police have retrieved the body of a man who jumped into the water to save a friend who fell off rocks at a deadly fishing spot on the Central Coast.

The search continues for a second man who also jumped into the water to save a woman who was dragged into the water at Wybung Head off the southern coast of Lake Macquarie on Friday night.

In a tragic twist the woman who originally fell in was washed back onto the rocks while her friends were left struggling in the surf.

The confirmed death of the man comes after 12 rock fishermen deaths along the same five kilometre stretch Wybung Head to Catherine Hill Bay in four years to July 2012.

Police said the body of the man was found just before 9am on Saturday off Wybung Head.

He has yet to be formally identified. Twenty people died rock fishing in NSW from July 2011 to May 2013, according to a NSW government discussion paper released in August last year.

The Lake Macquarie coast is a deadly spot for rock fishers especially near Catherine Hill Bay and Moonee.

There was an average of eight rock fishing deaths each year from 1992 to 2010, according to a Surf Life Saving Australia report.