School leads tributes to victims of Camber Sands tragedy

PUBLISHED: 10:50 01 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:50 01 September 2016

22-year-old Nitharsan Ravi was a Bexleyheath Academy student from 2005-2013. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

22-year-old Nitharsan Ravi was a Bexleyheath Academy student from 2005-2013. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The former Bexleyheath Academy students drowned off the coast last week

Three former Bexleyheath Academy students have been named as the victims who drowned off the coast of Camber Sands on the hottest day of the year.

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

It is believed the group of childhood friends travelled to Camber together last Wednesday where they died.

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

Acting vice principal Sean Wiltshire said the trio will be “deeply missed”.

“It is with profound regret and sadness that we heard three of the young men who drowned in a

terrible accident at Camber Sands last Wednesday were much loved former students at Bexleyheath Academy.”

He added: “Nitharsan, Ken and Kobi were very pleasant and hard working members of the Bexleyheath Academy community and we extend our sincerest condolences to their families and friends at this tragic loss of lives.”

Nitharsan Ravi studied at the school in Woolwich Road for eight years from 2005-2013 alongside brothers Ken Nathan and Kobi Nathan, who were students from 2009-2015 and 2009-2013.

Despite paramedics’ efforts to save them, the first three men died after being pulled from the sea just after 2pm on Wednesday.

A beach-goer found the bodies of two further men washed up on the beach later that evening.

Friend Charles Bosco, 27, from west London, said he had known Mr Ravi since the age of 10, and described him as a “fun, bubbly guy”.

He added:“No one could say a bad word about him.”

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