Camber Sands deaths: Lifeguards to patrol beach over Bank Holiday

RNLI Lifeguard on duty SUS-160826-114717001
RNLI Lifeguard on duty SUS-160826-114717001

RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling Camber Sands over the Bank Holiday weekend, following the tragic deaths of five daytrippers on Wednesday (August 24).

The RNLI, working with Rother District Council, says it aims to provide reassurance to the public by providing the temporary service.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said: “The charity will provide a team of five or six lifeguards and appropriate equipment over the Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday – Monday) 9am-6pm on Camber Sands who will work alongside the Local Authority Beach Patrol teams.

“The Royal National Lifeboat Institution offered to provide lifeguards over the weekend and the council accepted our offer.

“In addition to the lifeguard service the RNLI will also be providing a face-to-face team who will be on hand to provide key safety information to all visitors at the beach.”

A Rother District Council spokesman said: “We very much welcome and appreciate the support the RNLI are offering to provide a temporary lifeguard service.

“People are understandably concerned in the light of the tragic incident at the beach this week and this service will provide reassurance to the public in one of the busiest weekends of the year at Camber.

“We continue to work with the RNLI, the emergency services and other partners to identify any additional measures we might need to introduce at the beach in the future.”

The RNLI added: “The RNLI provides lifeguard cover on over 240 beaches throughout the UK. The lifeguards are there to provide safety cover and advice and we would advise anyone who is not familiar with the area to come and chat with the lifeguard.

“Before visiting the coast you can visit www.RNLI.org/respectthewater”

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