Published: August 23, 2012
Body of boy found in Burnham-On-Sea after search for missing Dylan

Police searching for Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who went missing after slipping off Burnham-On-Sea jetty, found the body of a young child on Thursday.

Coastguards and police recovered the body near to the pontoons at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club at around 12.30pm.

Dylan slipped from Burnham's jetty into the sea at around 6pm on Sunday evening, prompting a huge sea and coast search involving lifeboats, hovercrafts, Coastguards and helicopters.

Supt Keith McCoubrey, Head of Operations, said: "I can confirm we were called at about 12.30pm today by a member of the public to the body of a young boy found on the water's edge near to the yacht club."

"The body is still to be formally identified but I believe it to be that of Dylan Cecil who went missing last Sunday evening."

"An intensive search was launched on Sunday and continued throughout the night into Monday morning to try to find the missing boy from Kettering."

"Well-rehearsed plans were rolled out involving the emergency services and agency partners including the police, fire, ambulance, HM Coast Guard, RNLI and Burnham Area Rescue Boat."

"I would like to thank all of these agencies for determination and commitment they demonstrated in their efforts to find Dylan."

"Dylan's parents have been made aware," said Supt McCoubrey.

Pictured: Top, Dylan Cecil and, above, Supt Keith McCoubrey


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