Philip Dayle acts in Camber Sands inquests

Wed, 15 Mar 2017

Philip Dayle appears as junior counsel for the families in inquests into the death of five young men from London at Camber Sands beach on August 24, 2016. The inquest into the death of another young man, who died at Camber Sands beach on July 24, 2016, has also been joined. The combined inquests are listed for two weeks at Hastings Coroner’s Court before Senior Coroner for East Sussex Mr Alan Craze, beginning June 26, 2017.  

At the pre-inquest review of March 14, 2017, Senior Coroner Craze said that he would be instructing his own expert to look at public safety measures at Camber Sands beach. A report commissioned by Rother District Council notes that “Camber Sands has a spatially variable beach gradient, meaning that beach users can find themselves in deeper waters very quickly ”  and that the beach has  “ an incoming tide that is faster than normal for UK beaches” making the risks “not apparent to an inexperienced beach user on first arrival.” The report further notes that the beach is attended by upwards of 20,000 people on a summer day; and that there were no permanently appointed life guards at Camber Sands for the 2016 beach season.

See inquests press coverage: BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-39265427?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=39265427%26Beach%20inquest%20'should%20look%20at%20council'%26&ns_fee=0

Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/14/camber-sands-drownings-inquest-scrutinise-rother-district-council-role-lawyer-says?CMP=twt_gu

HASTINGS AND St Leonards Observer - http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/camber-sands-deaths-council-s-role-should-be-examined-as-inquest-date-set-1-7866212


Philip Dayle is a member of the Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law Group at No5.

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