Statement on the conclusion of the Camber Sands inquests


Statement on the conclusion of the Camber Sands inquests

On Friday June, 30, 2017 the coroner ruled misadventure in all seven deaths and noted "the RNLI had recommended, amongst other measures, deploying lifeguards at the beach in 2013. This had not happened. Of course, it is not known whether such a step would have prevented these deaths but it has since been implemented."

The coroner indicated that he would be writing a prevention of future of death letter to a number of national bodies calling for better coordination of the management of risk and education on a national basis.

Following the inquest, Dr Anthony Leonard, executive director of business operations, said: "On behalf of everyone at Rother District Council our sympathies remain with the families, friends and communities of the seven people who tragically lost their lives last year. Like their families, we would not want anyone else to have to suffer the tragedy of losing a loved one in these circumstances.

"Year on year we have made improvements to the service offered at Camber in response to the risks identified.

"The deaths in July and August, 2016 were different to the two serious incidents previously encountered at Camber, which had involved non-swimmers paddling in shallow water, wearing non-swimming attire.

"Following an urgent review of the fatalities in 2016 we asked the RNLI to provide a full lifeguard service at Camber to give visitors reassurance and minimise the risks further. This service is now in place and our beach patrol works closely with the RNLI to deal with land-based incidents and educate visitors of the dangers of the sea.

"All measures put in place at Camber are kept under constant review.

"The beach, from Rye Harbour to Jurys Gap extends three miles and, at low tide, is 700 metres wide.  Even with lifeguards, the sea can be unpredictable and we are committed to supporting all relevant agencies in educating people, on a national scale, of the dangers before they visit any beach in the country.

"We would like to pay tribute to the beach patrol staff, members of the public and emergency services who, in extremely difficult circumstances, did everything they could to try to save those who died."

Published on Friday, June 30 2017.


Powered by GOSS iCM