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Which beaches have lifeguards in the South?

Bognor Regis beach has lifeguards on duty Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Six people have drowned in the past six days at beaches on the South Coast.

That includes five men at Camber Sands beach in Sussex yesterday - a beach which doesn't have a lifeguard.

Below is a list of all the beaches in the South with lifeguards on duty:

  • Alum Chine Beach
  • Avon Beach
  • Bognor Regis Beach
  • Boscombe East Beach
  • Boscombe West Beach
  • Bournemouth East Beach
  • Bournemouth West Beach
Bournemouth beach has lifeguards Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
  • Branksome Chine Beach
  • Canford Cliffs Beach
  • Durley Chine Beach
  • East Cliff Beach
  • Fisherman's Walk Beach
  • Friars Cliff Beach
  • Greenhill Beach
  • Highcliffe Beach
  • Littlehampton East Beach
  • Lyme Regis Beach
  • Manor Steps Beach
  • Sandbanks Beach
  • Sandown Beach
  • Shore Road Beach
  • Southbourne Beach
  • Southsea Central
  • Southsea East
  • Southsea West
  • Swanage Beach
  • West Bay Beach
  • Weymouth Beach
Southsea beach is covered by lifeguards Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner wants beach safety assurances ahead of bank holiday

Five men drowned at Camber Sands beach yesterday Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner says she is 'seeking assurances' that forces are fully prepared to ensure safety at beaches ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Katy Bourne has also promised an investigation into whether any safety improvements can be made at Camber Sands, where five people drowned on Wednesday (24th August).

This is a tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the deceased.

With the bank holiday fast approaching, I am seeking assurances from local partners that all agencies are fully prepared and the public can continue to enjoy our beaches throughout the county.

I have already spoken to council leaders and we will be investigating the possibility of what, if any, safety improvements can be made at Camber Sands.

In the meantime I want people to continue to enjoy themselves during this holiday period and be safe.

– Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Sussex Police believe the victims were five men in their teens and early twenties from Greater London.

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Camber Sands deaths: Five young men believed to come from London

The men came to the beach together from London Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Police believe they have identified the five people who drowned at Camber Sands beach in Sussex.

The men died at the scene after being pulled from the water on Wednesday (24th August) afternoon.

Sussex Police say they believe the men all came to the beach together for the day and that the men, thought to be in their late teens and early twenties, came from Greater London.

These men were not fully clothed when they were pulled from the sea but wearing clothed appropriate for being at the beach for the day

– Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly, Sussex Police

Emergency services were called to the beach at 2.10pm to reports of a person in the sea. While they were on scene another person was seen in difficulty at 2.20pm and 15 minutes later a third person was rescued. The bodies of a further two men were found in the water between 8.15pm and 8.45pm.

Police say that there no further reports of anyone else missing from Camber and there are no on-going searches

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Camber Sands deaths "an incredibly tragic situation"

"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

Search continues for 6th swimmer at Camber Sands

Emergency services are still at Camber Sands searched for swimmer feared to be missing

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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