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Lifeguards patrol Camber Sands after seven deaths

Lifeguards have started patrolling the beach at Camber sands in Sussex this bank holiday weekend. It comes after seven men drowned there last summer. An ITV Meridian investigation revealed that Rother District Council had repeatedly resisted paying for lifeguards at Camber. This report from Abigail Bracken includes an interview with Allen Head from the RNLI.

Teenager shouted to friend 'I can't breathe' before drowning

Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, disappeared in a fast rising tide

An inquest has heard that a teenager - and the man who went to his rescue - both died after getting into difficulty at Camber Sands on July 24.

Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, disappeared in a fast rising tide after shouting to a friend 'I can't breathe'. His body was found later that day.

Mohit Dupar, 38, a strong swimmer, went to his rescue but he too went under. He died four days later in hospital.

Mr Dupar's son Ankush,17, also ended up underwater and was in a coma for three weeks.

In his statement to the inquest he called for the beach to be closed to swimmers.

The inquests - being heard in tandem at Hastings - will be followed by pre-inquest reviews into the deaths of five Sri Lankan friends who drowned at Camber in August.


Swimmer located after unclaimed flip-flops spark alert

Camber Sands has been at the centre of a row over beach safety after five deaths there a few days ago

Sussex Police have confirmed that the search for a swimmer believed to have been missing at Camber Sands in Sussex has been called off.

Officers had received a telephone call from a member of the public at about 9.40am this morning, reporting that they were concerned for a woman who had been seen entering the water at about 8am. It was believed that the swimmer was missing because she had not returned yet to collect a pair of flip-flops left on the beach.

The woman was described as white with dark hair and wearing a black swimming costume. Sussex Police say a woman matching that description called the RNLI at around 11.45 am to identify herself.

Police officers say they helped the Coastguard, the coastguard helicopter crew and the RNLI conduct a thorough search of the coastline nearby during the alert.

Five men died at the Camber Sands beach on Wednesday. They drowned after getting into difficulty in the sea. Lifeguards are on patrol at the beach over the bank holiday weekend.

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