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Camber Sands deaths "an incredibly tragic situation"

Search continues at Camber Sands in Sussex Credit: PA

"This has been an incredibly tragic situation. At this stage we are doing all we can to establish who the men are and to identify next of kin.

"We are continuing to work with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, South East Coast Ambulance and Rother District Council to establish what has happened."

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– Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly, Sussex Police

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Deaths at Camber Sands beach in Sussex

A helicopter arriving at Camber Sands beach in Sussex Credit: PA

Emergency crews who revealed that the bodies of three men had been pulled from the sea off Camber Sands this afternoon, have confirmed tonight that two more bodies have been found, and that they are searching for a sixth swimmer.

The beach had been packed with holiday makers on one of the hottest days of the year. Our correspondent Derek Johnson sent this report of the day's events from the scene.

The interviewees are eyewitnesses including Charlotte Frederic, and Tara Lopez who also provided some of the video footage.

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BREAKING: Three people pulled from sea at Camber Sands have died

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Police have confirmed that three people pulled from the sea at Cambers Sand have died.

Emergency services were called to the beach around 2pm to reports of a person in the sea.

The three, who have not yet been identified, died despite efforts to save them.

We are working with Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, South East Coast Ambulance and Rother District Council to clear the beach and encourage people to come out of the sea while we are investigating this incident. We are also asking people to stay away from Camber for the afternoon and evening to assist emergency services in managing this incident.

This has been an incredibly tragic situation and very traumatic for those who were there on the beach at the time. At this stage we do not know who the men are and are doing all we can to establish their identities.

– Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly

Three people pulled from sea at Camber Sands

Three people have been pulled from the sea at Camber Sands.

Two rescue helicopters were scrambled and a number of people received treatment on the beach from paramedics. Last month a teenager from Brazil drowned off the coast and two others were taken to hospital.

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