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38-year-old paramedic from Tenby died

38-year-old paramedic from Tenby diedBody recovered by Northland Search and Rescue and Police.

Surfer, 38, drowned on honeymoon
Jeremy Phillips with wife Fiona
Jeremy Phillips was visiting New Zealand with his new wife Fiona
There were no signs warning a newlywed tourist who drowned that it was dangerous to surf at an isolated beach in New Zealand, an inquest has heard.

Jeremy Phillips went “boogieboarding” at Manganaui Bluff, near Dargaville, when on honeymoon with his wife Fiona.

The 38-year-old paramedic from Tenby died while in the sea in November 2003.

Recording an accidental death verdict, Pembrokeshire coroner Michael Howells said had it happened in Wales he would have called for beach warning signs.

The inquest heard that there was “a dangerous spring tide,” hidden rocks below the sea surface and the area was known as hazardous to local fishermen.

Despite this, there were no obvious warning signs for anyone unfamiliar with the coast. Mr Phillips had gone into the water late in the afternoon on 9 November. When his body was recovered he had injuries consistent with drowning.

An initial inquest was held in New Zealand by coroner Robert Baanders. Mr Howells said: “There were no obvious signs of the danger.

“Certainly if the inquest had initially been held in this country it would have been my intention to ask the authorities to put up warning signs such as they have at Freshwater West (in Pembrokeshire).

“It is pointless telling anyone it is dangerous after the event.”