COUNTY NEWS: Two more bodies found at Sussex beach

Emergency services have recovered two more people from the sea at a popular Sussex beauty spot.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 9:54 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:25 am
The air ambulance landing on the beach at Camber Sands. Photo by @Tashka4 on Twitter

Three men were confirmed dead after being pulled from the water at Camber Sands earlier yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, August 25).

Now, HM Coastguard and Sussex Police have confirmed the bodies of a further two men have been found in the water, taking the total death toll to five.

The two bodies were recovered yesterday evening.

Rye Bay and Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Teams, Rye Harbour and Dungeness RNLI lifeboats and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd are currently on scene, alongside Sussex Police.

A coastguard spokesman said: “Sadly, all five men have been confirmed deceased. Our thoughts are with their families at this time.”

Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly said: “This has been an incredibly tragic situation.

“At this stage we are doing all we can to establish who the men are and to identify next of kin.

“We are continuing to work with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, South East Coast Ambulance and Rother District Council to establish what has happened.”

The RNLI is reportedly still searching for a sixth missing person.

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