A keen young sailor drowned after swimming on the hottest day of the year

A ‘healthy’ young man and avid sailor has drowned off the Wirral coast on a first date.

Haydn Griffiths’ body was found five days after he was reported missing after an ill-fated attempt to swim to the wind turbines in Liverpool Bay.

Mr Griffiths, from Lowton, was reported missing on Tuesday July 19 this year after going missing in the River Mersey off Wallasey Beach.

St Helens Star: Mr Griffiths won several awards for his sailing including the 2016 Youth National and even competed in boxing, but wanted to be a seafarer so he could'explore the world'.Mr Griffiths won several awards for his sailing including the 2016 Youth National and even competed in boxing but wanted to be a seafarer to ‘explore the world’. (Image: Newsquest)

At a pre-trial hearing held at the Gerad Majella Courthouse in Liverpool on Thursday December 22, it was revealed that Mr Griffiths, 24, arrived on Bay View Drive in Wallasey at around 6.50pm after a woman with whom he was at It was a first date she had both driven since.

He had texted a friend to say they were going for a swim on one of the hottest days on record in Britain.

Mr Griffiths and the woman entered the water and decided to swim to the wind turbines. However, after an hour of swimming, they were still 500 meters away and decided to head back to shore because they were getting ‘cold’.

The court was told by coroner Pam Robins that Mr Griffiths, a marine engineer, and the woman he was with had swum upstream to return to shore, but it felt like they “didn’t move”. .

St Helens Star: Haydn and his sister BroganHaydn and his sister Brogan (Image: Newsquest)

At around 9.30pm, the woman said Mr Griffiths had told her he was suffering from cramps and fatigue and was “not able to swim anymore”.

She encouraged him to keep swimming, but he was too tired. The woman then swam for another hour to get help from shore.

She managed to return to shore and got help from members of the public in the nearby car park, with Mr Griffiths being reported missing soon after.

At 7.50pm on Saturday 24 July, Merseyside Police were contacted by the Coastguard who believe they had found the body of Mr Griffiths near the marina in Crosby.

The RNLI crew who found Mr Griffiths transported him to Liverpool Cruise Terminal Landing where he was identified by PC Paul Bennett from photographs and personal items he was carrying, including camouflage swim shorts, a smartwatch and a silver one Necklace.

St. Helens Star: Haydn Griffiths' body was found five days after he was reported missingHaydn Griffiths’ body was found five days after he was reported missing (Image: Newsquest)

His body was then taken to the morgue at Liverpool Royal Hospital.

The area’s coroner, Ms Anita Bhardwaj, described the circumstances as “absolutely tragic” when she opened the inquest.

Ms Bhardwaj heard evidence from specialist pathologist Dr. Paulo Barbra, who performed an autopsy on Haydn’s body and said it was one of the “sadest cases” he’s worked on.

dr Barba confirmed that the external inquiry “did not find anything inappropriate” and that Mr Griffiths was “a healthy young man”.

He added that the autopsy found fluid internally in the 24-year-old’s lungs, but concluded there were no “obvious suspicious marks or injuries”.

He said, “My conclusion is that he drowned because he was tired and exhausted and couldn’t reach shore.”

St Helens Star: Haydn and his sister BroganHaydn and his sister Brogan (Image: Newsquest)

Speaking to the family, he added: “Death by drowning sounds awful, but that doesn’t mean he suffered. People can die in seconds if they inhale water and their lungs get wet. It sends the body haywire.

“I don’t want you to walk away thinking he suffered or fought. It was a case that he couldn’t do it anymore and was rather tired.”

dr Barba ended his statement by offering his condolences to the family and describing the case as “absolutely horrible”.

St Helens Star: Haydn and his sister MeganHaydn and his sister Megan (Image: Newsquest)

Mr Griffiths won several awards for his sailing including the 2016 Youth National and even competed in boxing but wanted to be a seafarer to ‘explore the world’.

His family has pledged to continue raising awareness of the potential dangers of open water swimming through their Stay Safe for Haydn campaign, which raises money for the RNLI.

Speaking of Haydn at court, father Bryn, mother, Diane and sisters Megan and Brogan described Haydn as a “kind and gifted boy who loved the outdoors”.

St. Helens Star: Father Bryn, mother, Diane and sisters Megan and Brogan with HaydnFather Bryn, mother, Diane and sisters Megan and Brogan with Haydn (Image: Newsquest)

They added that he is “very determined” and “has his own way of doing things”.

Ms Bhardwaj, who handed over a conclusion on the accidental death, added: “This is something that needs to be emphasized to people, how dangerous the river is because ultimately it has a strong tidal wave and no matter how hot it is, it’s still going getting cold.

St Helens Star: Haydn's family described him as a kind and gifted boy who loved the outdoorsHaydn’s family described him as a kind and gifted boy who loved the outdoors (Image: Newsquest)

“Sometimes when we have hot weather we have a false assurance that everything will be fine – and probably even more so for someone who can swim well.”

“Haydn clearly had great character, full of life, determination and had a great future ahead of him. This can only be described as a tragic accident.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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