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Minute's silence for missing boy

Dylan Cecil Photo: ITV West

A minute's silence will be held for Dylan Cecil at 10am today at Burnham's annual rescue services day. The four-year-old disappeared after falling from the jetty at Burnham beach last Sunday evening. His body was found near the yacht club in Burnham-on-Sea on Thursday.

The silence will be followed by a memorial service in Burnham at St Andrews Church at 6pm this evening.

Almost 20 different emergency service groups, including the Burnham Area Rescue Boat charity, Burnham RNLI, HM Coastguard, police and the fire and ambulance service, will take part in the event.

Dylan and his family were in the area visiting his grandparents when it appears he fell from the walkway. His parents jumped into the water to try to save him but were unable to reach him. Paramedics treated them for shock and water ingestion after they were pulled from the water following a call to the emergency services from a member of the public.

Four coastguard rescue teams, four lifeboats, three helicopters and two hovercraft were enlisted to search through the night to find Dylan. It is understood that his family remained on the beach throughout the search, which was halted after dark on Sunday but resumed at first light on Monday.

Police divers and volunteers from the UK underwater rescue organisation SARbot used specialist sonar equipment to scour the water for Dylan's body before it was found near the yacht club.

Tributes to Dylan Credit: ITV West

Floral tributes have been laid by local people at a spot near to where Dylan disappeared.

The Bristol Channel has the second highest rise and fall tide in the world and fast currents would have made it difficult for Dylan to attempt to swim back to shore.

This year's event will be sombre after this week's sad event. The day is an essential opportunity to give out safety advice at the height of the tourist season. It will also be an opportunity for visitors to see the work of our local emergency services at first hand and support them.

– Rescue Services Day organiser

During the day there will be safety demonstrations and displays along the seafront and beach until 5pm.

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