PHOTOS: Men rescued as boat capsizes near Port Kembla

Three men were winched to safety in a dramatic land, air and sea rescue at Port Kembla on Friday morning.

The men scrambled onto Martin Island, part of the Five Islands group, after their boat capsized off Hill 60 at about 9.30am.

Police, water police, NSW Ambulance and a helicopter retrieved the men.

Initial reports a man was unconscious in the water were incorrect.

A Special Casualty Access Team paramedic was lowered onto the island and the three men were winched to safety.

They were later transferred to a road ambulance at a park in Port Kembla and wrapped in blankets.

One of the men said: ‘‘We’re ok’’ as he was being led to the ambulance.

SCAT helicopter paramedic Rod Wheatley said the men were treated for cuts and abrasions.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said all three men were taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering minor injuries.

The boat sank abut was recovered by Port Kembla Marine Rescue.

Marine Rescue Port Kembla public relations officer Tom Dragutinovich said the 4.5metre cruiser was in good condition.

Lake Illawarra Police Community Safety Officer Sergeant Jason Harrison said it was not known why the boat sank but rough conditions around the island may have been a factor.

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