Published: August 28, 2012
Coroner confirms Dylan Cecil died of drowning in Burnham-On-Sea

An inquest into the death of four-year-old Dylan Cecil has today (Tuesday) heard that he drowned after slipping from Burnham-On-Sea's jetty.

At a hearing held in Taunton, West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose said a post-mortem examination had concluded that Dylan died of drowning.

He offered his sympathies to the family and said: "There can be nothing more harrowing for any parent than to witness the death of a child."

"But I hope his parents will take comfort from the fact that their grief is shared by all in the county, especially those in Burnham-On-Sea and all the emergency services."

The short hearing was adjourned to a date yet to be set.

Dylan was on holiday visiting his grandparents when he fell into the sea on Sunday August 19th.

His body was found on the beach by a member of the public four days later near Burnham Sailing Club.

On Sunday, 400 people joined Dylan's family at St Andrew's Church in Burnham for a memorial service, and a minute's silence was held earlier in the day on the town's seafront.

A large number of toys, floral bouquets and other items have been left in memory of Dylan on the town's seafront, as pictured above.


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