Coastguard incidents fall 50% after Dylan Cecil tragedy
number of Coastguard incidents occurring along Burnham-On-Sea's
coastline has fallen by more than half since last summer's tragic
death of four year-old Dylan Cecil.
figures out this week show Burnham Coastguards were called to
50 per cent fewer mud and sea rescues over the summer than in
in August, which is usually the busiest month of the year during
the summer holidays, the number of incidents was down by 80 per
Severn Sector Manager Tristram Newey told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Burnham's Coastguards had a very quiet summer and that was
mainly due to the tragedy last year."
awareness of the dangers has been raised and there were far fewer
mud and sea rescues as a result. Visitors have been taking extra
care, which is positive."
added that Sedgemoor District Council's introduction of RNLI lifeguards
at Burnham and Berrow also contributed to the numbers.
Cecil drowned in August 2012 after falling into the sea from Burnham's
jetty, prompting the council to introduce a number of new safety
measures around the jetty and along the coastline.