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5 men drown off British beach without lifeguard

  • Police officers on Camber Sands near Rye, East Sussex, England, after three men died after being pulled from the sea on the hottest day of the year, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. Emergency teams were called to reports of the three needing urgent medical aid at Camber Sands according to reports from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). ( Gareth Fuller / PA via AP)

    Police officers on Camber Sands near Rye, East Sussex, England, after three men died after being pulled from the sea on the hottest day of the year, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. Emergency teams were called to reports of the three needing urgent medical aid at Camber Sands according to reports from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). ( Gareth Fuller / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers on Camber Sands near Rye, East Sussex, England, after three men died after being pulled from the sea on the hottest day of the year, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016.  Emergency teams were called to reports of the three needing urgent medical aid at Camber Sands according to reports from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). ( Gareth Fuller / PA via AP)

    Police officers on Camber Sands near Rye, East Sussex, England, after three men died after being pulled from the sea on the hottest day of the year, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. Emergency teams were called to reports of the three needing urgent medical aid at Camber Sands according to reports from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). ( Gareth Fuller / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

British police say five men have drowned off a beach in southern England that had no lifeguard.

Authorities are trying to piece together what happened to the group who traveled together from London to Camber Sands beach on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly says this "has been an incredibly tragic incident." Authorities say that rip-tides take place off the beach and that swimmers can get into trouble easily if they are not familiar with the sea and the dangers it can pose.

Last month, 19-year-old Brazilian Gustavo Silva Da Cruz died after getting into difficulty while swimming at Camber Sands, known for its sand dunes. The beach is around 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of London.

A dozen people have died in water-related accidents off British coastlines in recent days.