warnings introduced on Burnham's jetty after Dylan Cecil tragedy
painted warnings have been unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty
this week as part of a raft of changes to boost safety following
a tragedy last summer.
District Council is advising walkers not to use the lower half
of the jetty and also to beware of the risk of falling from edges.
comes eight months after four year-old Dylan Cecil died in a fall
from the structure last summer.
warning reads 'No Pedestrian Access' and is half way down the
slipway while the other states 'Beware Falls From Edges' and is
near the top.
new warnings are intended to boost public awareness and increase
safety," the council's resort manager Graham Newing told
this will deter walkers from using the lower half of the jetty.
We are not banning people from the jetty but giving them a warning.
Audible warnings will also be used if needed using our tannoy
council introduced a new audible
warning system at the top of the jetty in February, along
with extra safety signs, and RNLI lifeguards are being introduced
on Berrow and Burnham beaches this summer.
Cecil drowned on August 19th last year, sparking a huge search
operation by the town's marine rescue services. His body was found
washed up four days later. An inquest
in February recorded an accidental verdict.