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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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.

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