Two further bodies were later found in the water.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the men who died on the hottest day of the year in East Sussex On Wednesday have begun to pour in.
Three of the other victims are thought to be Kobi Nathan, Ken Nathan and Kurushanth Anna aged 27.
The fifth victim has been named locally as Indhusan Sri and it is understood they are from the Sri Lankan community in Greenwich, south east London.
Another friend, Thujee Jey, said: “Why did God take five lives at once.
“RIP Nitharsan, Kuru, Kobi, Kenny and Indhusan. Can’t believe you all are gone.”
Nitharsan Ravi who died at Camber sands beach
The tide off the Sussex coast on Wednesday was “weird” according to locals with expert knowledge, which caused powerful riptides from the shore.
Will Chetwode runs a boating firm close to Camber Sands and was accompanying a group of kayakers across the channel yesterday when he noticed the “weird” tides.
Pictured front are Kurushanth Anna (right) and Nitharshan Ravi with some friends
“That can suck people out. I have never experienced one, or seen one, myself.
“But that must’ve been what happened because the waves were really unusual.”
Sunbathers on the beach at Camber Sands
People look on in horror as police swoop on the beach
“These men were not fully clothed when they were pulled from the sea but wearing clothes appropriate for being at the beach for the day.
“We have no further reports of anyone else missing from Camber and there are no on-going searches related to this incident.
“This has been an incredibly tragic incident and we are offering their next of kin support at this difficult time and our thoughts are with them.”