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Inquest into jetty tragedy opens

A four-year-old boy who was visiting the seaside with his family drowned after slipping from a jetty, a coroner has said.

Dylan Cecil was on holiday visiting his grandparents when he fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset on Sunday August 19. He was said to have been trying to get a closer look at the sea when the incident happened.

The youngster, from Kettering in Northamptonshire, disappeared from view while members of his family were enjoying a day on the coast.

His parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, attempted to save their boy, while emergency services quickly launched a search and rescue operation.

His body was found by a member of the public four days later - and less than half a mile away from where he was last seen - at a nearby sailing club.

More than 400 people joined the boy's parents at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-on-Sea to remember Dylan during a memorial service on Sunday, while a minute's silence was also held for people to pay their respects near to where Dylan was last seen alive.

Coroner Michael Rose said a post-mortem examination showed Dylan drowned.

He offered his sympathy to the family, adding: "There can be nothing more harrowing for any parent than to witness the death of a child.

"But I hope his parents will take comfort from the fact that their grief is shared by all in the county, especially those in Burnham-on-Sea and all the emergency services."

No members of Dylan's family were present at the short hearing when his inquest was opened in Taunton. It was adjourned until a date yet to be set.

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