One minute silence for Dylan Cecil

There was a one minute silence today held in memory of Dylan from Kettering who died after falling into the sea in Burnham-on-Sea.

Sonar search fails to find Dylan

The body of 4-year-old Dylan Cecil who slipped from a jetty in North Somerset is believed to have been washed out to sea.

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Coastguard : Missing boy search has been 'terminated'

"The search has now been terminated as of 4.30 this afternoon._

We've had an extensive search throughout last night, the early hours of this morning and again this afternoon and have covered every possible area that we can think of.

We have covered over two tides now and generally it would have shown over those periods. Small patrols will be going out in view of that.

As you would expect it's not good news for the family, like it's not good news for us, they were very upset."

– – VINCE IRWIN, COASTGUARD SECTOR MANAGER FOR NORTH DEVON

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Grandparents pay tribute to 'bubbly' and 'lovely' Dylan

Dylan Cecil's grandparents have paid tribute to him saying they "couldn't have wished for a grandson any better". Rachel McCollum's parents live in Burnham-on-Sea and Dylan had been visiting his grandparents, who he called his "seaside nanny and granddad".

"Rachel, our daughter, and Darren came up Friday with the kids, they were going back today and we were going to have the kids until Friday. We always had them for a week and would spoil them and Dylan always called us seaside nanny and granddad, he always did.

"He loved coming up to see us, he loved the seaside. He was a bubbly, bubbly, lovely kid. He was our only grandson. We've got five granddaughters, but he was our only grandson."

– – JACKIE MCCOLLUM

Dylan's grandfather added:

"_We couldn't have wished for a grandson any better. I just want to give thanks to everybody who has helped in the search mission and tried to get Dylan back for us. _

"I can't say thank you enough really. We're all just devastated."

– – DAVID MCCOLLUM

Grandfather thanks rescuers for attempts to find boy

David McCollum, grandfather of four-year-old Dylan Cecil from Kettering, who went missing in the sea off Burnham-on-Sea yesterday, thanked rescue services for their attempts to save his grandson.

"A very big thankyou for the Coastguard and everyone involved, police included. They've been really tremendous and very helpful."

"Words can't explain" the experience, he said.

"Nobody can even imagine it."

The boy is thought to have slipped off a jetty in the Somerset town.

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Search for missing boy in Burnham-on-Sea

The search for a four-year-old boy who went missing on the sea front of Burnham-on-Sea yesterday is continuing this morning.

He is believed, at this stage, to be from Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Avon and Somerset Police arrived on scene at the esplanade at around 6pm yesterday.

A member of the public had witnessed the boy's parents being pulled from the water after they had tried to rescue him.

Under water divers are in attendance this morning along with the RAF and Police helicopters.

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