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Summary

  1. The swimmer who got into difficulties at Camber Sands has been found dead, Sussex Police say
  2. An extensive air and sea search took place on Sunday in an attempt to find the swimmer
  3. Live updates on Monday 25 July 2016

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Bob Dale

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We'll have updates as we get them on our website, on Twitter and Facebook.

Here's our report from Camber Sands

Here's Yvette Austin's live report from our 18:30 BST programme.

Yvette Austin reports from Camber Sands

Campaign launched after teenager's death

Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for lifeguards to patrol Camber Sands after the death of Gustavo Silva Da Cruz yesterday. 

Our Environment Correspondent Yvette Austin has been in Camber Sands today. Here's her report.

Gustavo Silva Da Cruz died at Camber Sands yesterday

'We are saddened by the tragic incident'

Bob Dale

Rother District Council has said: "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. 

Floral tribute at Camber Sands
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Floral tribute at Camber Sands today

"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."

Gustavo Cruz was with family and friends at the beach

Gustavo Cruz
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Gustavo Cruz was at the the beach with family and friends

Gustavo Cruz, who died at Camber Sands yesterday, had been enjoying the warm weather with his family and friends yesterday.

He was in the UK to visit his father and family who are originally from Brazil. Gustavo was raised in Brazil by his grandparents and mother.

His friends have no set up an appeal fund to arrange for his body to be flown back to Brazil.

You can see more details here.

'It was enough to give a degree of difficulty'

Stuart Maisner

One of the RNLI officers involved in the rescue operation has told our correspondent Yvette Austin that conditions at Camber Sands were difficult for swimmers yesterday. 

Rescue operation at Camber Sands

'We saw the helicopters flying along the beach'

Claire Cottingham

People visiting Camber Sands today tell us what they saw.

People visiting Camber today give their views of the weekend tragedy

Appeal set up for Gustavo Cruz's family

An appeal has been launched to raise money for the family of Gustavo Cruz, who died at Camber Sands yesterday.

A link to the site is here.   

Picture of Gustavo Cruz and a family member
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Appeal launched to raise funds for Gustavo Cruz's family

Victim named by police

The man who died in Camber has been named as Gustavo Silva Da Cruz from Brazil. 

He was visiting family in Croydon.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.

The other two people, not connected to Gustavo, a 35-year-old man and his 17-year-old son visiting from London, remain in a critical but stable condition.

You've been having your say on Twitter

People have been expressing their sadness over events at Camber Sands.

It's so long overdue that there should be lifeguards on #CamberSands beach. Such a busy, family beach I just don't understand it.

What a sad day at Camber Sands yesterday. Thoughts are with the families.

What a sad day at Camber Sands yesterday. Thoughts are with the families.

'People in the sea despite red flags'

Claire Cottingham

Some people are in the sea here today, even though red flags are flying.

Despite red flag danger warnings, some people have headed into the waters at #CamberSands

RNLI issues safety advice

Claire Cottingham

The RNLI says incidents like this are happening all over the country and they want to get them down. 

The organisation has this advice for staying safe:

The RNLI has this advice on sea safety

'RIP, sleep tight'

Claire Cottingham

Tributes have been left on the beach.

Flowers have been laid on #CamberSands beach. It reads 'RIP, sleep tight'.

Flowers have been laid on #CamberSands beach. It reads 'RIP, sleep tight'.

Latest report from Camber Sands

Claire Cottingham

Reporting live from Camber Sands

Here's my report from Camber Sands where I've been speaking to people who witnessed the aftermath of the rescue operation.

How the Camber Sands news developed

Death 'not being treated as suspicious'

Sussex Police say they are not treating the teenager's death as suspicious and his next of kin have been informed.

You can read our BBC News story here.

Camber Sands beach
Daniel Triguerinho
Lifeboats, lifeguards and coastguard helicopters searched at Camber Sands on Sunday

Why do people get into trouble in the sea?

Claire Cottingham

Reporting live from Camber Sands

Guy Addington, from the RNLI, has been telling us the reasons why people get into trouble swimming at sea.

Guy Addington, from the RNLI, explained how people get into trouble

Camber Sands events 'surreal'

Claire Cottingham

Reporting live from Camber Sands

Aidan, a cafe worker at Camber Sands, told me events yesterday were "surreal".

He called for lifeguards on the beach.

Aiden
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Aiden said the events on Sunday were surreal

Camber Sands has 'history of events like this'

You've been having your say about the tragic events in Camber on the BBC South East Today Facebook page.

Facebook quotes
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'So sad. RIP'

Debbie Louise Wright says her partner helped with the rescue operation yesterday.

She says she was with the victim's mother.

This is what she has posted to the BBC South East Today Facebook page.

Facebook post by Debbie Louise Wright
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Debbie Louise Wright says she was with the teenager's mother

We'll be bringing you updates from Camber Sands

Claire Cottingham

Reporting live from Camber Sands

This is the scene at Camber Sands this morning.

I'll be bringing you reaction throughout the day.

Picture of Camber Sands beach
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Camber Sands beach this morning

Body was found on beach

Sussex Police has confirmed the swimmer's body was found on the beach and not recovered from the sea.

Emergency services at the scene

A major emergency service rescue operation was launched at Camber Sands yesterday.

Emergency services at the scene

'Next of kin have been informed'

The man who got into difficulties at sea at Camber has sadly been found dead.

The 19-year-old man, who had been visiting Camber, was found at 18:20 BST [on Sunday] but was declared dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed."

Sussex Police spokesman
Camber beach
Daniel Triguerinho
The 19-year-old man was from London

BreakingSussex Police: 'Body is missing swimmer'

The body of a man pulled from the sea has been confirmed as the missing swimmer, Sussex Police have said.

Coastguard: 'Body recovered from scene'

The coastguard has confirmed a body has been recovered at Camber. 

After an extensive search of the Camber Sands area and the surrounding sea, UK Coastguard has called off the search for a missing swimmer who was seen struggling in the water.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Dungeness and Rye, Coastguard rescue helicopters from Lydd and Solent, Rye, Hastings and Littlestone RNLI lifeboats and Pett Level Rescue Boat (an independent inshore boat) beach lifeguards and Police all helped with the search.

A body was recovered from the scene."

Coastguard spokesman

BreakingBBC London: 'Body has been found'

BBC London are reporting a body has been found in the sea off Camber Sands.

Camber Sands search

Stuart Maisner

Emergency services were called just after 12:30 BST on Sunday to reports swimmers were in difficulty in the water.

Officers performed CPR on two men before paramedics arrived on the scene, Sussex Police said.

A helicopter was used to try and find the swimmer

Police 'cannot confirm' reports a body has been found

Sussex Police 'cannot confirm' reports that a body has been found on the beach at Camber Sands.

However, a statement is due to be released in the next hour or so.

Good morning from Sussex Live

Claire Cottingham

Reporting live from Camber

Hopes are fading for a 19-year-old man missing at sea after a search operation by the coastguard was called off in East Sussex. 

The man, from London, was one of three swimmers who got into difficulty off Camber Sands on Sunday afternoon.

I'll be bringing you live updates from the scene.