Granddad thanks rescue teams

PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 August 2012


THE distraught family of four-year-old Dylan Cecil has described him as a ‘polite, lovable little boy’.

Dylan Cecil was visiting Burnham from Kettering with his parents Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil and his younger sisters, Faith and Alice, when he slipped off the jetty and was dragged under the sea by strong currents.

Dylan’s grandfather John Cecil said: “The family would like to thank everyone in the Burnham area for their unbelievable support during these tragic hours.

“Dylan was such a polite, loveable little boy that touched the hearts of everybody that knew him.

“The flowers, toys and tributes left on the seafront have humbled and comforted us throughout the indescribable pain that we are suffering.”

Dylan’s grandparents Jackie and David McCollum from Brean, also thanked the rescue teams for their hard work and spoke of their loss.

Mr McCollum said: “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.”

Jackie McCollum added: “Rachel, our daughter, and Darren came up (last) Friday with the kids 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 loved coming up to see us, he loved the seaside. He was a bubbly, lovely kid. He was our only grandson. We’ve got five granddaughters but he was our only grandson.”

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