|The group had visited the beach on the hottest day of 2016|
Rip currents are not believed to have caused the deaths of five men who drowned at Camber Sands last summer, an inquest has heard.
Ken Saththiyanathan, 18, brother Kobi, 22, and their friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, and Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, died last August during a day trip to the south coast beach.
A coroner in East Sussex concluded the men drowned as a result of misadventure.
He also drew the same conclusion for two other men who died at the beach in the previous month.
Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water, caused by quickly changing wave heights that can drag swimmers out to sea.
However, oceanographer Dr Simon Boxall told the inquest into death of the five friends there was insufficient wave activity for rip currents to build up on that particular day.
He said it was more likely the group of friends headed to a sand bar - a section of sand which emerges from the water during a low tide - and got caught off guard when the tide came in.
Dr Boxall said: "The circumstances that I believe happened involved the five young men trying to find somewhere quiet to play with a ball, to get away from the crowds and head out to a sandbar that would appear safe.
"And as the tide comes in they want to head back into shore. They were some distance away and no one at the shore-side would be able to see they were in distress."
The coroner also concluded misadventure in the deaths of two men at Camber Sands in July last year. Mohit Dupar, 36, had tried to reach Brazilian national Gustavo Silva Da Cruz, 19, when he got into difficulty.