Published: August 22, 2012
Sonar underwater search fails to find Dylan Cecil in Burnham-On-Sea

A specialist underwater rescue boat has completed its search of the waters around Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (August 22nd) without any trace of four-year-old Dylan Cecil being found.

SARbot UK Underwater Rescue, an independent charity, spent the day using its hi-tech sonar equipment to try and find the body of the youngster, who slipped off Burnham's jetty on Sunday night.

The organisation's Chief Executive, Duncan Winsbury, pictured, said the group's rescue boat had searched a large area of Bridgwater Bay without the boy being found.

He told "We've completed the search and have searched the whole bay and we've not found anything."

"We believe that the currents may have taken him right out to sea now - he is certainly not in the bay."

"The police, the coastguard and the RNLI think that we have searched much more than they could have expected to have been searched and more thoroughly."

"Unfortunately in this case, it's the old saying 'We can't find what is not there'."

The charity's boat is equipped with two side scan sonars which are purposefully designed to find bodies under water.

Further searches of the coast were carried out during Wednesday by lifeboats, hovercraft crews, Coastguards and beach wardens with nothing found.


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