Tributes To Boy Who Fell In The Sea

20 August 2012, 11:52 | Updated: 20 August 2012, 17:20

The Kettering family of a four year old who fell in the sea, while on holiday have described him as a 'bubbly, lovely' child.

Dylan Cecil's parents frantically tried to rescue him after he slipped off a jetting into the water at Burnham-on-Sea but were unable to reach him. 

The youngster who wanted to get a closer look at the sea went onto the jetty with his parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, and his two younger sisters, aged one and three, at about 6pm on Sunday night. 

The family were visiting Ms McCollum's parents who live there, and who said they could not have wished for a better grandson. 

Following Dylan's parents' desperate efforts to save their son the couple had to be pulled from the water by passers-by and treated for water ingestion.

The search for Dylan has now been formally called off. 

Stood next to a growing pile of floral tributes, Dylan's grandparents said they wanted to thank everyone involved in the rescue effort.

Superintendent Keith McCoubrey, of Avon and Somerset Police, said the family had been left 'traumatised' by the 'tragic' incident. 

He added: 'There's not much one can say in such tragic circumstances apart from the fact our hearts and minds and our sympathies are with the family at this time.'