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Body found in missing boy case

Officers searching for the body of a four-year-old boy who fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea have reported that a body of a young boy has been found near to the yacht club in Burnham-on-Sea. The body was discovered at 12.30pm today.

The parents of Dylan Cecil, who went missing on Sunday have been notified. Formal identification will be carried out.

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Boy's body 'washed out to sea'

The body of a four-year-old boy who slipped from a jetty is believed to have been washed out to sea after specialist sonar equipment failed to find him, experts said.

Volunteers from the UK underwater rescue organisation SARbot used specialist sonar equipment to scour the water for Dylan's Cecil 's body. But after spending hours on the water his body could not be found.

The organisation was using sonar equipment which is more sensitive than that used by police and had earlier said that if the youngster's body was still in the area, they would find it.

We've just completed the search and have searched the whole bay and we've not found anything.

We believe that the currents may have taken him right out to sea now, he's certainly not in the bay.

– Duncan Winsbury, chief executive of SARbot

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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

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 Dylan Cecil, who went missing in the sea off Burnham-on-Sea yesterday, thanked rescue services for their attempts to save his grandson.

"A very big thank you 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."

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