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Inquest into deaths of Camber Sands tragedy begins

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:00 01 November 2016

An air ambulance involved a search for the five men who drowned on August 24. Credit: @Tashka4

An air ambulance involved a search for the five men who drowned on August 24. Credit: @Tashka4

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Three Bexleyheath men lost their lives on a day trip on August 24

Bexleyheath teen Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18. Picture: FacebookBexleyheath teen Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18. Picture: Facebook

A pre-inquest review will take place today into the deaths of five young friends who died during a day trip to Camber Sands.

Bexleyheath men Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27 of Elsa Road, Welling, Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, and his brother Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, of Normandy Way, Erith, died alongside their friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, and Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23.

Nitharsan Ravi, 22, who was a former Bexleyheath Academy student. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireNitharsan Ravi, 22, who was a former Bexleyheath Academy student. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

22-year old Mr Ravi and brothers Kenugen and Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, known as Ken and Kobi Nathan, were also former Bexleyheath Academy pupils.

The men ran into difficulties at the popular beach near Hastings, East Sussex, on August 24.

A pre-inquest review into their deaths will be held at Aquila House in Hastings from 2pm. In the morning at the same venue, full inquests will be held into the deaths of two men who died on the beach around a month earlier.

Mohit Dupar got into difficulties at Camber Sands on the same day that 19-year-old Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz died there on July 24.

Mr Dupar, 36, from Hayes, Middlesex, died in hospital four days later but details about his death were only publicly revealed this week. It is understood the two men were not known to each other.

Relatives of some of the men who died in August have criticised authorities for not having a lifeguard on duty, suggesting they may have stood a chance of survival if the beach had been manned.

Despite there being no lifeguards, Rother District Council officials have said summer patrols advised people of potential dangers.

After the tragedy, a temporary RNLI lifeguard service was put in place over the August bank holiday weekend to provide reassurance to the public.

A safety review is now being considered by Rother District Council and options being considered include providing a lifeguard service.

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