Cecil's mother explains how she tried in vain to save son
mother of the four-year-old boy who slipped into the sea off Burnham's
jetty has explained how the incident unfolded.
Dylan Cecil fell from the jetty at Burnham on Sunday evening,
prompting a huge rescue operation involving lifeboats, hovercraft,
Coastguards and helicopters, which resumed
mother, Rachel McCollum, said: "He was literally not even
a metre away from me and he was jumping and slipped basically
and I watched him fall in, jumped in straight after him, what
more could I do?"
knew as soon as I jumped in I wasn't getting him back. It was
a whirlpool. It dragged me, I could feel myself being pulled under.
I don't know what my son went through, I really don't."
of her son, she described him as "the most gorgeous boy,
perfect in every single way."
thanked everybody who has helped in the search operation and also
asked people to report any possible sightings of his body to the
added: "I just don't want him to be lost out there and not
come back at all."