Camber Sands inquest examines deaths of seven men including five young friends

It's one of the most popular holiday destinations on the South coast. Camber Sands attracts 30,000 people in peak season. Today, though, an inquest into the deaths of seven men heard it was also a beach with hidden dangers.

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RNLI respond to Camber Sands inquest

The RNLI have issued the following statement following the Camber Sands inquest:

The events at Camber Sands last July and August were very tragic. Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of the seven men who sadly lost their lives.

As a charity with a focus on saving lives at sea and preventing drowning, we have a strategic aim to halve accidental coastal drownings by 50% by 2024. We are pleased to see the Coroner has recognised the importance of beach safety and the need to focus on collaborative working to do more to raise people’s awareness of water safety and to ensure all appropriate safety measures are in place.

Sadly we cannot guarantee a tragedy like this will never happen again. There is currently no statutory requirement for local authorities and landowners to provide lifeguards. We are more than happy to give advice and make recommendations concerning beach safety matters from signage to a lifeguard service. It is then up to others to decide if our recommendations are implemented. We therefore welcome the Coroner’s decision to write to central Government with his recommendations.

We have been providing advice for Rother District Council over the last few years and this summer we have provided a seasonal lifeguard service at Camber Sands. Our highly trained lifeguards are working alongside the current council beach safety patrol team to talk to beach visitors in an attempt to prevent incidents like this from happening again. This is just one of over 240 RNLI lifeguarded beaches in the UK and Ireland and we will continue to work with our partners including those involved with the National Water Safety Forum to reach as many people as we can in order to prevent downing and emphasise the message to respect the water.

– RNLI

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Man who warned - failing to provide lifeguards at Camber would cost lives

He warned again and again that failing to provide lifeguards at Camber would cost lives - and eventually he resigned over the issue.

Ten years on - and 3,000 miles from England - time and distance have not dimmed his anger.

Camber Sands: Coastal officer warned of dangers

Former coastal control officer for Rother District Council, Patrick Meyer, resigned "in disgust" over cuts to his beach safety budget - after a long and bitter battle to secure a lifeguarding service for Camber.

He says he always knew Camber Sands ''was the most dangerous beach on the south coast of England.''

We interviewed him in Toronto. He described Camber Sands as a beach with multiple hidden dangers.

Camber Sands victim died helping stranger

36-year-old Mohit Dupar was swimming with his son at Camber Sands last July, when he tried to help a stranger struggling to stay afloat in the sea.

The man in trouble was 19-year-old Gustavo Silva Da Cruz.

Mr Dupar was unable to save the teenager who drowned.

Mohit Dupar was pulled from the sea and passed away in hospital four days later. His death and bravery were unknown to the public for three months until it was discovered by ITV Meridian.

His son, 18-year-old Ankush Dupar almost died too. In this exclusive report, he speaks to our Correspondent Derek Johnson.

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Here are the men who died at Camber last Summer

These men had all gone to the seaside with their families - to make the most of their time off. The East Sussex coast is a popular destination for people from London - just an hour and a half's drive from where they live - with miles of sandy beaches.

Here are the seven men who died at Camber over two months last summer

They'd arrived at the seaside - to make the most of their time off. The East Sussex coast is a popular destination for people from London - just an hour and a half's drive from where they live - with miles of sandy beaches. Who were the victims?

Coastal officer resigned ''in disgust'' over budget cuts

49 people gave evidence to this week's inquest into the seven deaths at Camber Sands last summer.

But there was a potential 50th witness.

Patrick Meyer was a coastal control officer for Rother District Council for 12 years until he resigned "in disgust" over cuts to his beach safety budget - after a long and bitter battle to secure a lifeguarding service for Camber.

He could not attend the inquest because after resigning he returned to his native Canada.

Had he given evidence he would have been the council's fiercest critic.

We interviewed him in Toronto. He described Camber Sands as a beach with multiple hidden dangers.

Witness says she has been unable to return to a beach after the trauma of Camber Sands

The drowning deaths of seven men, including five young friends, on Camber Sands last summer were through misadventure, a coroner concluded.

Here a witness describes her realisation of the horror unfolding on the beach the day five friends drowned.

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