laid on Burnham seafront five years after Dylan Cecil tragedy
were laid on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday (August 19th) in
memory of Dylan Cecil, a four year-old boy who died five years ago
after being swept from the town's jetty.
Dylan's grandparents Jackie and Dave McCollum, pictured, laid flowers
and at 6pm - the same time that Dylan fell into the sea in 2012
- members of Burnham Coastguard, RNLI and BARB gathered with the
family next to the plaque in his memory.
marine rescue crews were called out on August 19th, 2012 at 6pm
following reports of a young boy in the water next to Burnham's
Cecil family were in the area visiting family and had decided to
go for a trip to the beach when tragedy struck.
while he was playing in the shallow water on the jetty, four-year-old
Dylan slipped and fell into the sea.
mother and father attempted to rescue him by jumping into the water
and also nearly became victims of the strong incoming tidal currents.
Within seconds, Dylan had been carried out to sea.
RNLI and BARB crewmembers undertook a full-scale search in an attempt
to find the missing boy.
searched until 2am and then returned at around 4.30am the following
day to continue a shoreline search.
teams returned every day to continue the search until Dylan's body
was sadly found washed up by a beach walker near the yacht club
on August 23rd.
from Burnham Coastguards said: "This was a dark time for the
family, the team and the community as a whole."
from darkness comes light. The Cecil family wanted something positive
to come from their tragedy."
came in the form of the Dylan Cecil Memorial Fund, a fantastic charity
which was set up in 2014 in his name by members of the rescue teams
that took part in the search for Dylan and his family."
memorial fund uses the money raised to provide a holiday to those
who who are in need, for reasons of ill health, disability, financially
disadvantaged families in need of respite holidays.
2014 it has helped six families including those of young carers,
and earlier this year a terminally ill mother was able to take her
children away and leave them with cherished memories before passing
Cecil memorial fund spokesman said: "Every holiday provided
gives the Cecil family some comfort that although gone, Dylan is
not forgotten and that his passing has given hope, light and love
to others which they will always remember."
who was on service that day and the following days after will always
remember and we send our thoughts to the family on this day and
you would like to get involved or donate to the Dylan Cecil Memorial
fund, or if you know someone who should be nominated then contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more.
the tragedy, a number of safety improvements have been introduced
by Sedgemoor District Council to make the beach safer - RNLI lifeguards
are now in place alongside beach wardens and jetty supervisors,
and improved signs has been installed to warn visitors of the dangers.