Facebook Post Pretends To Be Missing Dylan

Facebook Post Pretends To Be Missing Dylan

The mother of a child lost at sea says she has been "destroyed" by comments posted on a Facebook page pretending to be her son.

Four-year-old Dylan Cecil was on holiday with his family when he slipped off a jetty into the water in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. The search for him was called off after 24 hours and the Coast Guard has been looking for his body in the mudflats.

Adding to her ordeal, his mother Rachel McCollum has seen the comments on a Facebook page set up in Dylan's name.

One post reads: "To my mum, my daddy and sisters and sea side grandparents I love you all am in heaven waiting on you all. I'll be looking down on you :-) x SENT FROM THE RAINBOW AND FLOWERS AND SUNSHINE IN HEAVEN...X."

In reaction, Ms McCollum posted on Facebook: "How low can people be? I tried saving my son and a page (is) set up speaking like they are him.

"I'm distraught he is still missing at sea, I aint slept at all and to find someone pretending to be my son has destroyed me even more."

Another post on the page says: "This is a memory page of Dylan that sadly lost his life, let's show the family we're thinking of them and sending our love. x."

The youngster, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was visiting his grandparents with his mother, father Darren Cecil and two younger sisters.

A growing shrine of flowers, cuddly toys and tributes have been placed on the sea wall next to the jetty and hundreds of candles have been lit at the scene in his memory.