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Coroner calls Dylan's death a 'tragic misfortune'

Coroner Michael Rose recorded a verdict of accidental death by drowning at the inquest into the death of Dylan Cecil last August.

He said there was nothing Dylan's parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, could have done to prevent this "terrible tragedy." He called it, "a tragic misfortune – a nightmare from which they cannot wake."

He said both parent had tried their very best but he added, "we cannot restrain children, they have a life to live".


Cecil Dylan inquiry: death by drowning

The inquest into a four-year-old boy from Kettering who died while visiting the Somerset seaside with his family has recorded a verdict of accidental death by drowning.

Dylan Cecil was on holiday to see his grandparents when he fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

He was said to have been trying to get a closer look at the sea when the incident happened.


Dylan Cecil's funeral in Kettering

Dylan Cecil, 4, from Kettering Credit: Family Photo

The funeral of four-year-old Dylan Cecil will take place today.

Dylan, who was from Kettering, was on holiday with his parents in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, when he fell into the sea from a jetty.

His parents tried to save him, whilst emergency services launched a rescue operation.

His body was found four days later by a member of the public less than a mile from where he disappeared into the water.

Dyaln's funeral will take place at St Mary's Church in Kettering later today.