Sisters tribute to lad, 23, who went missing swimming in sea as body found

A lad who went missing after heading out for a swim in the sea has been confirmed as Haydn Griffiths, with his sister leading tributes to the 23-year-old.

Griffiths' older sister, Megan, has paid tribute to her late brother after the body found at Pier Head was confirmed as Haydn.

The 23-year-old had gone missing when swimming with a friend in New Brighton last Tuesday (July 19), and his death has since been confirmed by the family as Haydn after a series of searches from police, fire officers and the local community.

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Haydn's death is currently being treated as unexplained, with a post-mortem examination set to take place to establish a cause of death.

In a tribute to her younger brother, Megan posted a photo of the two together with the caption "I love you brother".

She also thanked those who had helped look for him as well as for their love and support, as well as praising the RNLI, coastguard and police for their efforts.

Megan's post read: "Thank you all so so much for your love , support, positivity, hope and determination. Haydn's body has revealed itself. I prefer to think of it as the shell where his soul once lived. He was found last night by Pier Head in Liverpool.

"Police statement has been released. We cannot thank the RNLI, coastguard, police and incredible community enough for their support and determination."

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Haydn went swimming with a friend in an attempt to reach wind turbines out near Derby Pool on the hottest day ever recorded in the UK.

It was then that Haydn disappeared into the water and didn't resurface, with a huge search launched by coastguard and lifeboat volunteers.

Police and fire service officials also continued the search, which was called off on Wednesday after 18 hours with no sign of Haydn.

Haydn's family and the local community banded together to continue the search, with more than 100 people reportedly joining a search party to look over the weekend when Haydn's body was found, Liverpool Echo reported.

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