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.
Watch our special programme on the day the coroner recorded verdicts of 'misadventure' for the seven men who died on the beach last summer.
An inquest is due to open into the deaths of five friends who drowned during a day trip to Camber Sands in East Sussex last summer.