laid for Dylan Cecil for what would have been his 10th birthday
were laid on Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall this week to mark what would
have been the tenth birthday of Dylan Cecil, a four year-old boy
who died almost six years ago after being swept from the town's
and a birthday card were laid by the family next to a plaque in
his memory on Burnham's South Esplanade.
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 but he was not found. The teams returned
every day until Dylan's body was sadly found washed up by a walker
near the yacht club on August 23rd, 2012.