5 Die in Sea

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5 Die in Sea

Five people died in the sea yesterday in the Camber area, just around the corner from Dungeness.
The lifeboat and Air Sea Rescue were called out twice to assist in the rescue.

Camber, unlike Dungeness, which has exceptionally deep water between high and low tide, has 5 miles of very shallow sandy beach which seems to give a false sense of security. Initially it was thought that rip tides were the cause of the incident but the RNLI seems to be of the opinion that it is the very fast incoming tide that catches people out.

In any event a terrible tragedy which seems to have taken the lives of five friends from London.
Car stickers, from the RNLI simply says ‘Respect the Sea! A point to remember wherever you are swimming.

(seems this blog got stuck in the outbox – so a little out of date – but never the less a poignant reminder how cruel even the most innocent looking of the sea it can be dangerous)

By |2018-11-12T20:15:43+00:00August 27th, 2016|Local Issues, News|0 Comments

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Born in Ashford a long time ago I have had a lifelong relationship with Dungeness having spent every year here for a fortnights holiday up to the age of 15. In those good old days there was no electricity and hence no radio, no running water and no adequate sewage solutions. Nothing to do other than enjoy the vast expanse of the Ness and all it offered for the young children of that era. Out after breakfast and back before nightfall. There were lakes to swim in. Same lakes to boat on (well large logs). A derelict school in which to play.(Add pic on school roof) Gun emplacements, underground shelters. Sheer bliss. That all ended at 16 when I joined the RAF, finally purchasing a shack – as indeed it was then – in 1971 for the princely sum of £750.00. Only 15 years prior to that we could not afford the £250.00 asking price for what was then known as ‘Windwhistle’, the former Queen Victoria’s Pullman carriage. Still there today but concealed behind painted shiplap. Leaving the mob I travelled, retuning ‘home’ as oft I could, and realistically, only becoming a permanent fixture since 1977. In those days there was a vibrant community here with annual gatherings for the Mayday festival – spit roast and all and open days at the Lifeboat station – with bosuns chairs, zip wires to keep the kids happy. I think Health and Safety put paid to that and other activities, as did the moving away of many locals. The result of which , today there are probably less than 40 persons residing here permanently, in probably less than 20 out of the 80 shacks still here. (I have been told not to use the word ‘shacks’ as now at £3000,00.00 plus they are desirable bungalows in a well sought after locale. So ‘Shacks’ they are! End.

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