A woman's body was discovered floating in the ocean near Dolphin Point, in southern New South Wales on Wednesday.
Police said the woman was probably aged around 70 years and was from the local area.
The body had been discovered at Burrill Beach about 250 metres offshore.
Steve Jones, from Surf Life Saving NSW, said the Marine Area Command dispatched a vessel from its base at Port Kembla to recover the body.
The police crime scene unit was on the scene throughout Wednesday and investigations into the woman's death are continuing.
Earlier on Wednesday, heavy swells in the cove south of the entrance to Burrill Lake had prevented the Ulladulla Marine Rescue vessel from getting close to the body.
Burrill Beach was the scene of another tragedy in January when British holiday maker Andrew Priestley drowned while rescuing his two sons who had been caught in a rip.
Mr Priestley's widow Amanda has been pleading with Shoalhaven City Council to erect signs warning of the dangers of swimming in the area.