'Nothing family could do to stop tragedy'
THE family of a four-year-old who died after falling from a jetty at Burnham-on-Sea have been told there was nothing they could have done to prevent his death.
Dylan Cecil and his parents Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil were on holiday from Kettering when the youngster was swept out to sea in August.
At an inquest in Taunton Coroner's Court yesterday a verdict of accidental death was recorded.
Coroner Michael Rose
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Dylan, his parents and sisters were staying with his grandparents David and Jackie McCollum when tragedy struck.
The youngster went to the end of a jetty with his parents, as he had wanted to get a closer look at the sea.
After Dylan went into the water his parents jumped in to try to save him but had to be rescued themselves due to the strong currents.
His mother described the water as like a whirlpool while his father said he couldn't feel the bottom of the sea with his feet.
Mr Cecil told the inquest that he thought he was going to die having used all his energy to fight the current.
Dylan's body was found almost four days later near the Burnham yacht club by a walker who first thought it was a sleeping child.
Coroner Michael Rose said: "It is something that could happen to any parent. We cannot restrain children. They have a life to live. Sadly, this was a tragic way to end it."