Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2012
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Tributes to youngster swept away by the sea

THE family of a Kettering youngster who slipped and fell in to the sea on the Somerset coast have thanked the community for their support.

The parents of Dylan Cecil, four, who disappeared into the water from a jetty at Burnham-on-Sea, released a statement following the discovery of a body of a small child on Friday, which police believed to be Dylan.

His father, Darren Cecil and mother Rachel McCollum, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their help and support during this difficult time.

“We would like to express our gratitude for all the messages of sympathy and support from both the local community and wider public across the nation.

“In particular, we would like to thank the people involved in the search – the police, RNLI, HM Coast Guard and the Burnham-on-Sea Area Rescue Boat.

“We are still extremely traumatised but very grateful that it appears Dylan has been returned to allow us to bury our son.”

The body was discovered close to the yacht club in Burnham-on-Sea on Friday. Speaking following the discovery, Supt Keith McCoubrey, head of operations for the Somerset West policing district, said although there had not been a formal identification, it was believed the body found was Dylan. He said: “Dylan’s parents have been made aware.”

The family was visiting Dylan’s grandparents in nearby Brean and the youngster had wanted to get a closer look at the sea on the previous Sunday. His parents desperately tried to rescue him, and were spotted by a member of the public, which sparked a search and rescue operation.

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