LiveBurnham jetty death: Four-year-old drowned after 'tragic misfortune' - inquest

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  • Dylan Cecil fell into water off Burnham jetty on August 19, 2012
  • Despite efforts to save him, his body was recovered five days later
  • Inquest took place in Taunton on Thursday afternoon

2:32pm

CORONER Michael Rose's full summing up of the case:

"This story is a terrible tragedy. Dylan was obviously a very loveable, lively young boy who was with his parents in Burnham-On-Sea.

"There is no doubt that Sunday 19 August started off as a pleasurable day.

“It is something that could happen to any parents, one only hopes it is a nightmare you wake from.

"There is nothing [Dylan's] parents could have done to prevent this accident. Dylan wanted to go down towards the sea. He was jumping about and just missed the foothold.

"The part of the jetty he got down to was covered in water. Neither he nor his parents realised at the time how vicious the sea can be.

“Living on that part on that part of the coast, anyone will know it has one of the highest tides in the world.

“The tide was rising and tragically it was a Spring tide which is the highest tide and water can travel at 4 to 5 knots.

"Even for an adult, if the water comes up to his knees at that speed it can knock you over and certainly if it covered you, you don't stand a chance and neither did Dylan. You would be swept out to sea.
“Dylan's parent's tried their best to save him and one can only imagine the agony they went through.
“The only comfort I can give them is that there are few people living in Burnham-On-Sea that didn't feel for them.

“This is a tragic misfortune.

“Sadly it was a nightmare from which they were not to wake.

“He died on August 19 in Burnham-On-Sea and the verdict of this court is accidental and the medical cause is drowning.

“I extend not only my deepest sympathies but everyone's in that area. It is a tragedy which I hope you will be able to put behind you.”

1:12pm

DYLAN'S parents Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil attended the inquest in Taunton and were in tears for much of the hearing.

1:05pm

MARITIME Coastguard Agency worker Tristram Newey told the hearing that, in his opinion, there was sufficient signage on Burnham sea front warning of the dangers of the jetty on the day Dylan fell into the water.

He said: "There are notices on the beach and on the jetty itself."

1:04pm

THE court heard how the currents in the sea on the day Dylan fell into the water were so strong an adult would have been knocked off their feet.

1:01pm

CORONER Michael Rose has recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into the death of Dylan Cecil.

Summing up the case, Mr Rose said: "It is something that could happen to any parent. One hopes it is a nightmare you wake from.

"There is nothing [Dylan's] parents could have done to prevent this accident. Dylan wanted to go down towards the sea. He was jumping about and just missed the foothold.

"The part of the jetty he got down to was covered in water. Neither he or his parents realised at the time how vicious the sea can be."

12:43pm

SCORES of floral tributes to Dylan were left on Burnham Esplanade following his death.

This is The West Country: A minute's silence was held in Burnham yesterday to remember Dylan Cecil.

12:41pm

SINCE his death, more than 76,000 people have ‘liked’ a Facebook page which has been called ‘RIP Dylan Cecil’.

On Tuesday, exactly six months since the tragedy, a message was posted on the page which said: “An angel got his wings six months ago today. His name was Dylan John David Cecil.

“He made his mom and dad the happiest people alive when he was born.”

Within two hours of the message being posted, more than 130 people had left their own messages of tribute to Dylan and condolences to his family.

12:40pm

THE inquest into Dylan's death is under way in Taunton.

9:45am

This is The West Country: DYLAN Cecil, four.

9:45am

AN INQUEST will be held today into the death of a four-year-old boy who drowned after falling into the sea off Burnham jetty.

The body of Dylan Cecil, from Kettering, was found five days after he slipped into the water on August 19, 2012.

The inquest in Taunton is due to begin at 12noon - for updates, check back to this article.

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10:26pm Thu 28 Feb 13

jimeee says...

So very very sad. RIP Dylan
So very very sad. RIP Dylan jimeee
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