The family of missing man John Allen, from Preston, have thanked those involved in the on-going search for him.

Today, the search continues for the 76-year-old, who was last seen at about 9am on Monday 28 April whilst walking his dog at Ravenglass Estuary.

It's believed he was trying to help his dog out of the water when he went missing.

Mr Allen was wearing a green fleece, green suede trousers and walking boots.

Agencies and volunteers have been involved in the search but there is no sign of him.

“13 members of the Allen family from Preston enjoyed a memorable few days last weekend in the beautiful Eskdale valley. “John, a keen, capable, mountain walker, and the most senior Allen, took his dog for its usual morning walk on Monday morning - something he loved to do. It appears that for some unknown reason John got into difficulties whilst walking near the River Esk Estuary around Ravenglass and subsequently never returned from his walk. “The search continues throughout the area and the family wish to express their deep gratitude to wider family, friends, the local community and numerous emergency organisations, in particular Cumbria Police and Coastguards, for their unrelenting, ongoing support at this most difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for the duty sergeant at Whitehaven Police Station quoting log number 59 of 28 April.