Rother District Council could install permanent lifeguards on the popular Camber Sands beach where five friends died recently.
A petition to install lifeguards during the summer months on the East Sussex beach has been signed by over 8,000 people.
The council says it is considering a number of options but has yet to reach a decision.
In August, Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, and his brother Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, 22, along with friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, and Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, all died on the beach.
They were visiting Camber Sands for the day when they got into difficulties in the water.
Relatives of the deceased have come out saying a lack of lifeguards played a part in their deaths. Despite there being no lifeguards, the council says summer patrols advise people of the beach’s dangers.
Camber often attracts people from outside the area who are unfamiliar with the sea and the dangers it poses.
Council ‘considering’ safety options
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has provided a temporary lifeguard team and handed out safety information to beach-goers.
One suggestion is that money from car parking charges should go towards summer lifeguards.
A council spokesman said: “In light of recent tragic events and the changing profile of visitors to the beach, we are in the process of reviewing and considering all options for next year, including the provision of a lifeguard service. A decision has yet to be made.”
An RNLI spokesman said: “We have been talking to Rother District Council but no lifeguard service has been agreed for 2017.”
Source: BT news
Date Published: October 14, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown