Search for missing boy, 4, is called off in Burnham-On-Sea
have this evening (Monday) called off a huge search and recovery
operation for four year-old Dylan Cecil, who went missing in the
sea last night after falling from the town's jetty.
lifeboats and hovercraft crews continued the search throughout
today, with the
sea, river estuary and mudflats being scoured with no sign of
50 rescue personnel took part in the major search operation on
Monday, including two hovercrafts from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue
Boat), four RNLI lifeboats from Burnham and Weston and scores
of land searchers.
helicopters, one from the police and another from the Coastguard,
also searched from the air.
at just before 5pm, Coastguard Manager Vince Irwin said: "We
have had an extensive search and have covered every possible area
that e can think of. The search has therefore been called off."
Last night, a member of the public had dialled 999 to inform
Swansea Coastguard that they had seen two adults go into the water
to attempt to rescue the child and that they needed medical assistance.
Coastguard spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The parents
of the child were treated on scene after they went in after the
boy and required medical treatment for water ingestion."
member of the public dialled 999 at 6.04pm to inform Swansea Coastguard
that they had seen two adults go in the water to attempt to rescue
a small child and that they needed medical assistance."
"Swansea Coastguard sent the Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard rescue
team to the scene, along with the two Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboats."
The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Portland was also on scene,
along with a police helicopter, BARB and Avon ambulance service.
coastline and waters were searched for any sight of the missing
RNLI, BARB and Coastguard crew members, equipped with ropes,
searched the shallow waters along the beach and the River Brue
estuary for several hours.