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1 November 2016, 15:16
An inquest has heard that a man died while trying to rescue another man in the sea off Camber Sands in East Sussex.
A man has died after trying in vain to rescue a day-tripper who got in to difficulty in the sea off Camber Sands in East Sussex.
Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, was visiting the beach with his father and a friend when he disappeared under the water after getting out of his depth in a fast-rising tide. He was up to 10 metres in front of his friend who decided to turn back and head towards the shore. Mr Silva Da Cruz shouted ‘I can’t breathe’ while he was trying to keep his head above the water. The 19 year-olds’ body was later found washed up at Camber Sands on July 24th and was pronounced dead from drowning with his asthma possibly an exacerbating factor.
The inquest in Hastings heard that another man, Mohit Dupar, attempted to reach the Brazilian but also got into difficulty. He was pulled from the water but died while at hospital in Kent four days later. The 36 year-olds cause of death was given as brain injury caused by cardiac arrest due to drowning.
Mr Dupar’s 17-year-old son was rescued from the water and remained in a coma for three weeks.
In a statement, Ankush told how his father had gone to the aid of Mr Silva Da Cruz, telling him ‘Someone needs help, someone is drowning.' Ankush described the deep sense of loss he felt and explained how the news of his father's death was broken to him while he was still seriously ill in hospital.
Robert Cass, of Rother District Council, thinks the incoming tide meant the men became stranded and unable to get off a sandbar they were standing on. He said there needs to be a strong drive towards educating people about the dangers of the sea, adding there was a changing demographic of visitors to Camber.
East Sussex coroner Alan Craze adjourned the case to a later date, when questions over whether anything else could have been done to safeguard the victims will be addressed, and said he was considering verdicts of misadventure for Mr Silva Da Cruz and Mr Dupar.
Around a month after this tragedy, five friends also died at Camber Sands. A pre-inquest review is due to take place later in to their deaths.