Three men have died and two other bodies have been been recovered in separate incidents at NSW beaches and waterways on Friday.
It comes after a tragic week on the water, with the death toll now at 14 since Christmas.
A 73-year-old man is the latest to die after he was pulled out of the water unconscious at Brighton Le Sands at about 4pm.
Police said the man, who was in the water with a relative, was initially taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition.
His cause of death is not yet clear and police said inquiries were continuing.
Earlier, at about 2pm, a 46-year-old man was swimming at the Kolora Lake Reserve at Yamba, in the state's north, when he was pulled from the water unresponsive.
CPR was given but he died at the scene.
Meanwhile, in Wagga Wagga, police recovered a body in their days-long search for Victorian man Peter "Pace" Abd-El-Kaddous.
The 42-year-old disappeared under the water while swimming with his wife in the Murrumbidgee River on Wednesday.
Police found a body in the river at about 2.45pm on Friday. While the identity has not confirmed, Police believe it to be that of Mr Abd El-Kaddous.
Another man died at Tahmoor, south-west of Sydney, after he was pulled unconscious from the water earlier Friday.
Emergency services were called to a swimming hole known as Mermaid Pools, near Rockford Road, just before 12.30pm.
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Police said the 27-year-old, from Pakistan, was swimming with friends when he dived into the water.
He got into trouble, signalling for assistance, then was pulled from the water as bystanders started CPR.
Attempts to resuscitate the man lasted for more than an hour, as police and an Ambulance helicopter were sent to the scene.
Paramedics were winched into the remote area to treat him. However, the man died at the scene.
Vision from the swimming spot showed a large group of people standing on a rock ledge alongside police, as an Ambulance helicopter hovered nearby.
A group of emergency service workers stood around the man on a lower ledge, closer to the water.
On Friday morning, a body was also found in the search for missing teenager Tui Gallaher, who disappeared in rough surf on Tuesday night at Maroubra Beach.
The body, which is believed be that of the 14-year-old, was found in the shallows at South Maroubra just after 7am.
Others who have died this week include a Nepalese masters student who drowned in the Royal National Park on Christmas Day, a man whose body was found underwater at Byron Bay, and a man who was found unconscious at The Entrance on the Central Coast.
On Thursday, a toddler who was pulled unconscious from a backyard swimming pool on December 20 died, following the death of his twin sister who passed away on Boxing Day.
Also on Boxing Day, Grafton grandfather Geoffrey Blackadder died trying to save his two nieces near Coffs Harbour, while Mohamed Amine Hamza disappeared in the Nepean River and Sujan Sharman drowned at Bendeela in the Kangaroo Valley.
Another man, Weibin Duan of Kensington, died after being pulled unconscious from the surf at Kioloa, on the South Coast.
With Ava Benny-Morrison
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