Funeral of five men who died in Camber Sands beach tragedy

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A funeral is under way for five young friends who died during a day trip to a beach.

Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, known as Ken, and his brother Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, 22, known as Kobi, both of Normandy Way, Erith, south east London, died at Camber Sands, near Rye in East Sussex last month.

Their friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, of Admaston Road, Plumstead, Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, of Chadwell Road, Grays, Essex, and Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, of Elsa Road, Welling, also died.

Nitharsan Ravi (PA)

A Hindu ceremony and petal laying is taking place at Plumstead Common, south east London.

Relatives of some of the men have previously criticised the lack of lifeguards at Camber and suggested they may have stood a chance of survival if the beach had been manned.

Hundreds of mourners are at the service which started at dawn in Winn's Common Park.

Relatives and friends wept as the coffins were carried into marquee tents, before mourners walked around and paid their respects.