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Hero’s final act of bravery is praised

A Bulwell hero who died trying to help a struggling swimmer and his daughter from strong seas in Lanzarote was praised by a coroner this week.

Anthony James Miller’s drowning on Las Cucheras beach in Costa Teguise on June 10 2014 was recorded as an accident at the inquest in Nottingham on Tuesday.

Assistant coroner Maria Mulrennan said: “There were particularly strong sea conditions and he got into difficulty. The people he was trying to save were ironically rescued but he wasn’t.”

She told Mr Miller’s sister Jayne: “It’s clearly a tragic loss but it seems that your brother acted very selflessly and very courageously as he went to the assistance of others at a time when the sea conditions were very difficult.

“You can at least take the knowledge that what he did was a very brave and courageous thing.

“I hope that you will be able to carry on now and try to remember Anthony in happier times.”

Speaking afterwards, Jayne paid tribute to her ‘larger than life’ brother. She said: “It shouldn’t have happened. He had only been there for three days. I was devastated. He would do that though. He would help anybody. I know he would have gone in and tried his best.

“He would do anything for anyone. He was amazing.”

The inquest opened last year ago and was adjourned by Dr Timothy Connery pending reports from Spain.

But the full details of Mr Miller’s death will remain a mystery. The coroner said: “We still don’t have the final reports from the Spanish authorities even though we are approaching the 14-month anniversary of his passing.”

A preliminary post-mortem report revealed traces of opiate-like drugs in Mr Miller’s system, but there were no details and the coroner described the information as ‘very unhelpful and vague.’

Miss Mulrennan said: “We are not aware of what, if any, medication was administered during attempts to resuscitate him.”

She said there was no record of drug misuse on his medical records and no evidence to suggest any suspicious circumstances.

Anthony James Miller, born December 9 1972, died on June 10 2014 at the age of 41.