The search has been called off for 4-year-old Dylan Cecil from Kettering who went missing in the sea yesterday while on a trip to the coast.
An air and sea rescue was under way last night after Dylan's parents frantically tried to rescue him after he entered the water at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
Dylan Cecil's parents tried to rescue him after he slipped off a jetty into the water in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, but could not reach him.
The young boy had wanted to get a closer look at the sea and went onto the jetty with his parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, and his two younger sisters, aged one and three.
Dylan's parents' desperate efforts to save their son meant the couple had to be pulled from the water by passers-by and treated for water ingestion.
Announcing the search had been called off, Vince Irwin, coastguard sector manager for North Devon, said:
The family had been visiting Mrs McCollum's parents who live locally and who said that they "couldn't have wished for a better grandson".
Jackie McCollum, Rachel's mother, said:
Dylan's grandfather, David McCollum, added:
Four coastguard rescue teams, four lifeboats, the coastguard sector manager, police and the RAF helicopter were all involved in the search and rescue operation, which was launched after a member of the public witnessed the boy's parents' attempts to rescue their son.
The water near the jetty is impossible to see through due to the mud flats and strong spring tide currents which would have made it difficult to swim back to shore, the coastguard said.
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