Published: August 21, 2012
Sedgemoor District Council launches investigation after jetty tragedy

Sedgemoor District Council is to carry out a full 'internal review' of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty and its procedures following the tragic loss of a four year-old boy at the end of the structure on Sunday (August 21st).

The council's Health and Safety Officer, Derrick Cox, visited the jetty this afternoon (Tuesday), as pictured here, at the spot where young Dylan Cecil slipped into the sea.

The council, which owns the jetty and operates a lifeguard service on the beach until 6pm each day, is establishing what happened and at what time.

Claire Faun, Corporate Relations Manager at Sedgemoor District Council, told on Tuesday: "Along with other community leaders, Sedgemoor District Council sends its condolences to the family of Dylan Cecil."

"Burnham jetty was constructed in the late 19th century and is a well-used, working jetty built for the purpose of launching boats and emergency rescue craft."

"There are many warning signs along the beach, The Esplanade and on the jetty hut. Beach safety leaflets are distributed. Sedgemoor District Council is satisfied that all their procedures were followed correctly."

"As with all tragic accidents of this nature, Sedgemoor District Council will be carrying out an internal review to establish all relevant information."


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