The search has resumed on Thursday morning for a 45-year-old Goulburn man washed off the rocks at Sugarloaf Point near Seal Rocks yesterday.
At 10.30am, there was still no sign of the man, who was last seen floating face-down in the water on Wednesday.
The search will be hampered by the large seas predicted for Thursday and Friday.
The man was washed into the water along with two other men, also visitors to the area, by a large wave about 12.30pm on Wednesday/
One of the men, aged 39, was able to swim to shore and contacted emergency services.
A second man, aged 34, was located in the water and rescued a short time later.
The two men were taken to Manning Base Hospital in a stable condition.
It has been reported that the trio were part of a group of five fishing on a ledge when they were swept into the water by a large wave.
The Great Lakes Advocate has reported that the group abseiled onto the ledge from a steep cliff face, on a remote stretch of the NSW coast.
The search operation involving officers from Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command, Marine Area Command, Marine Rescue, Surf Rescue, Westpac Helicopter and Polair resumed at 7am on Thursday.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.