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Inquest hears how cyclist drowned in Bristol's Floating Harbour

Sean Phillips fell off his bike into freezing water Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A father-of-two died when he lost control of his bicycle and fell into Bristol's Floating Harbour, an inquest heard. Sean Phillips, 40, from Backwell, north Somerset, had been training for a charity ride when the accident happened on March 6 2013.

Avon Coroner's Court heard the wheels of Mr Phillips' bicycle may have become trapped in rails which guide the cranes on Prince's Wharf. Mr Phillips, a procurement manager, was seen to suddenly lose balance on his mountain bike before plunging into freezing water nearby.

Two members of the public quickly jumped in to rescue the charity fundraiser, who had been wearing a helmet, but despite their "heroic efforts" he died at the scene. The inquest heard Bristol City Council had been aware of concerns for the safety of cyclists for a decade.

Avon Coroner Maria Voisin, who reached a conclusion of accidental death, said Mr Phillips' death had prompted a series of changes to make the harbourside safer. The inquest heard there are now signs warning cyclists to use a different route due to the tracks.