POLICE have issued a safety warning to people searching for a missing man in the water between New Brighton and Burbo Bank Windfarm.

Haydn Griffiths from Lowton has been missing since Tuesday, July 19.

The 24-year-old, who has been a member of Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club for 17 years, was reported missing at around 10.30pm.

It is believed that he had been swimming in the River Mersey, close to New Brighton, attempting to swim to the windmills north of the Wirral coast.

Extensive searches had been carried out by the RNLI, police and firefighters, but these have since been stepped down.

As around 150 volunteers have helped in the search for him, his sister Meg said she is “staying strong” in the continuing operation.

Issuing a safety warning, Wirral Police said: “Safety message on the dangers of going into the water between New Brighton and Burbo Bank Windfarm to search for missing Haydn Griffiths.

“Our thoughts and those of all our Coastguard colleagues are with the family and friends of the missing man.”