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Tributes to five who died in Camber sea tragedy

By Tom Pugh

Published 26/08/2016

Screengrab from the Twitter account of Tashka4 of activity on Camber Sands, near Rye, East Sussex
Screengrab from the Twitter account of Tashka4 of activity on Camber Sands, near Rye, East Sussex

Tributes have been paid to five men who died in a sea tragedy at a popular beach on the hottest day of the year.

Four of the men - who are aged in their late teens and early 20s and from London - have been named locally as Nitharsan Ravi, Inthushan Sri and Kobi and Ken Nathan.

Friend Charles Bosco said of Mr Ravi: "No one could say a bad word about him. I saw him two months back in church when we went on a pilgrimage.

"We go on a pilgrimage to Walsingham for a Tamil festival every year. He is a lovely guy who cares for his family. He is a social guy. Everyone is in shock. People are calling me saying how could it have happened."

Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly said: "These men were not fully clothed when they were pulled from the sea, but wearing clothes appropriate for being at the beach for the day.

"We have no further reports of anyone else missing from Camber and there are no ongoing searches related to this incident."

An online petition started a month ago to campaign for lifeguards at Camber has reached more than 3,600 signatures. Local resident Emily Van Eyssen said: "A car park here can make over £30,000 a day on a busy beach on a hot day. That should be paying for lifeguards that we urgently need."

A spokesman for Rother District Council said that, despite there being no lifeguards, there are summer patrols to advise people of potential dangers, reunite lost children with their families and deal with incidents on the beach.

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