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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Coroner calls for review into risk assessments

Senior coroner Alan Craze, announced he will be sending off a prevention of future deaths letter to figures, including the Transport Secretary, highlighting concerns including over the control of risk assessments.

"There are possible lesson in the circumstances of and the issues surrounding these deaths, which may be of help to others on a national basis.

There appears to be no formal governance or control of risk management requirement. Should the present voluntary structure be re examined?

Could the MCA be given more resources and take a bigger role that they currently have?

Is leaving everything to a charity really the best structure?

Inevitably resource and monetary considerations effect decision making by those charged with safeguarding the people, such as those who lost their lives here. Perhaps that’s another reason why a review is needed.

– Alan Craze, Senior Coroner

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