Woman washed off rocks, husband found drowned at nearby Moonee, Birdie beaches north of Sydney

An elderly couple from North Epping who were found drowned off the Central Coast, north of Sydney, were hit by a freak wave while sightseeing at the popular Pink Caves, police say.

The body of an 80-year-old woman was found in waters off Moonee Beach, near Pink Caves, yesterday afternoon.

Her 76-year-old husband was found by police helicopter this morning, three kilometres off nearby Birdie Beach.

NSW Police Detective Inspector Peter Vromans said the incident was a sightseeing trip gone wrong, with the woman believed to have been washed off the rocks.

It is unclear how the man got into trouble, police said.

Detective Inspector Vromans said distraught family members told police the couple were fit for their age, even for the challenging terrain, and had made the trip to Pink Caves before.

He said the couple were not wearing life jackets.

A report is already being prepared for the coroner into the woman’s death.

Another woman in her 20s was swept off the rocks and died at the location in April after a valiant rescue attempt by two others.

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A man died nearby a month earlier.

Moonee Beach is an unpatrolled beach popular with campers and hikers.

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