Bodies of three men who went on fishing trip recovered off the coast of Wollongong

Remains of three men were recovered after they failed to return home from a fishing trip off the coast of Wollongong, Australia.

The trio left the Bellambi boat ramp, north of Wollongong, at 2:00pm on Sunday for a fishing trip and was due to return in the early hours of the morning.

Family members raised the alarm with police at 6:00am when the men failed to return, prompting an extensive search.

Their overturned boat was found floating off the coast of Port Kembla at about midday on Sunday.

One man’s body was discovered near Corrimal Beach late in the morning with two others located in the early afternoon on Sunday.

They are yet to be formally identified.

A police spokesman said an extensive search was launched for the missing men after their utility and boat trailer were found in the boat ramp carpark.

“Family members alerted police at 6:00am today when the boat did not return as scheduled,” he said.

“The men’s utility and boat trailer have been found in the car park.”

An emergency helicopter and Surf Life Saving personnel were involved in the search.

A formal investigation is expected to be filed by the coronor.