Question 19/16


Question 19/16

Q. Can you tell me why the council does not have qualified beach lifeguards on our beaches? The term 'Beach Patrol' is misleading to the public and gives the impression Rother employs lifeguards. Surely in light of recent events it is time to accept the council has a duty of care to water users. Would it not be reasonable for people who spend up to £10 to park (at Camber) to expect qualified lifeguards on 'Beach patrol'. (24/07/2016)

A. We are saddened by the tragic incident at Camber Sands on Sunday and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died and the two men who remain in hospital.

 Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy Camber Sands every year and Sunday was particularly busy with around 25,000 visitors.  As is usual for the summer season, beach patrols were on site to advise people of potential dangers, reunite lost children and deal with incidents on the beach.  The district council's coastal officer and officers from Sussex Police were also on the beach.

Our officers are trained to deal with incidents on the shore, and acted quickly and professionally in what was an extremely distressing situation; performing CPR on two of the men and alerting HM Coastguard and the RNLI who carried out the search for the missing man. (25/07/2016)

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