Three men have drowned after being swept to sea by a rogue wave while watching the surf from a rocky outcrop along California's Central Coast.

Authorities say two other men were pulled from the water Thursday afternoon and survived.

The bodies of the drowned men were also recovered.

Capt. Bruce Norris of the Ventura County sheriff's department says the victims are a 17-year-old boy, a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old man.

He says a 17-year-old boy and 27-year-old man survived.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men were related.

The wave struck just before 2 p.m. at Mugu Rock, a rocky outcropping that's locally famous and has appeared in the background of many TV shows, movies and car commercials.