gives accidental verdict at inquest into Dylan Cecil jetty tragedy
Somerset's coroner has recorded an accidental verdict at the inquest
into the tragic death of a toddler who fell into the sea from
Burnham-On-Sea's jetty last summer.
Four year-old Dylan Cecil drowned
after falling into Bridgwater Bay on August 19th after
splashing about at the edge of the jetty.
an inquest hearing in Taunton on Thursday
(February 28th), Coroner Michael Rose heard emotional
statements from Dylan's parents,
Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, who described how they heard
a 'plop' when he fell into the water.
then desperately battled to try and find their son under the swift-flowing
waters at the end of the jetty.
Sector Manager Tris Newey outlined how emergency services from
Burnham Coastguard, the RNLI, BARB and RAF had launched a huge
inquest heard how Dylan's body had been found washed up on the
beach near Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club four days later by a member
of the public.
was a terrible tragedy. Dylan was a lovable, lively young boy
who was on holiday with his parents in Burnham-On-Sea," said
was something that could happen to any parents - a nightmare.
There was nothing that the parents could have done to prevent
mistook his footing on the jetty which was partially covered by
water. Tragically this happened on an incoming Spring tide - the
highest of all when the water was flowing quickly at 4-5 knots."
adults in this knee-deep water could be knocked over, but Dylan
was quickly swept away. Both his parents tried their very best
to find their son. I can only sympathize with their agony."
recording an accidental verdict and giving the cause of death
as drowning, he added: "It is a terrible tragedy that I hope
you can put behind you."
floral tributes were laid on The Esplanade on Thursday, as pictured,
to mark the inquest. A single rose was also laid at the end of
the jetty to remember Dylan.
Newey told the inquest hearing that he feels the amount of warning
signs on the beach and around the jetty are "sufficient".
reported earlier this
week that a new audible warning system has been installed
at the top of the jetty by Sedgemoor District Council to boost
safety and that RNLI lifeguards will be in place on Burnham and
Berrow beaches to further enhance the safety cover.
Above, Dylan's parents, friends and family arriving at today's
inquest hearing; and the flowers laid on The Esplanade today