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Memorial service for drowned boy

A memorial service is to be held for a four year old boy who died after slipping from a jetty into the sea.

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Burnham-on-Sea falls silent to remember Dylan Cecil

A one-minute silence has been held in memory of a four-year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from a jetty while on holiday with his parents in Somerset.

Dylan Cecil, from Kettering, wanted to get a closer look at the sea but slipped off the jetty and into the water at Burnham-on-Sea, a week ago.

Members of the community gather at the seafront in Burnham-on-Sea. Credit: Press Association

Today, members of the community joined the youngster's parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, and his two younger sisters, aged one and three, on the jetty for a one-minute silence in memory of Dylan.

A service is to be held for the youngster and those involved in the rescue effort at St Andrews Church in the town later today at 6pm.

Dylan Cecil went missing in Burnham-on-Sea after falling off a jetty. Credit: ITV News

Bears, flowers and football shirts have been left by well-wishers following the death last Sunday.

The family had been visiting grandparents in the town when the tragedy occurred.

Dylan's parents desperately tried to rescue him, but were unable to reach him and had to be pulled from the water by passers-by.

A rescue attempt was launched immediately involving Coastguard, lifeboats and police but the search was called off when they failed to recover his body.

A member of the public discovered his body on nearby mudflats four days later.

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