A four-year-old boy who went missing in the sea while on a trip to the coast was named by Avon and Somerset Police today as Dylan Cecil, 4, from Kettering, Northamptonshire.
An air and sea rescue was under way last night after the boy's parents frantically tried to rescue him after he entered the water at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a search involving a helicopter, Coastguard rescue teams and two lifeboats was carried out yesterday after the alarm was raised at 6.04pm.
The search for the youngster is continuing, but Coastguards admit it has been altered from one for a missing child to one for a body.
Superintendent Keith McCorbrey of Avon and Somerset Police said:
– Superintendent Keith McCorbrey of Avon and Somerset Police
As you are all aware we are currently involved in a large scale, multi agency rescue operation, here in Burnham-on-Sea.
This began late yesterday afternoon; following reports that four year old Dylan Cecil from the Kettering area had fallen into the water at the Esplanade. A well rehearsed operation involving police and coastguard began and continued throughout the night and into today.
As you can all imagine this has been an extremely difficult time for the family who tried in vain to save him and were pulled from the water and treated by ambulance.
They have been left traumatised by the whole incident and have asked that you to respect their privacy. A police family liaison officer is providing support and keeping them updated on the progress of the rescue attempt.