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Portland Coastguard helicopter's role in hunt for boy
11:30am Tuesday 21st August 2012 in Local News
The Portland Coastguard rescue helicopter was involved in the search for a four-year-old boy who went missing in the sea while on holiday.
Dylan Cecil is feared drowned after he slipped off a jetty into the water at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. His parents tried to rescue him but were unable to reach him and had to be pulled from the water.
It sparked a major search on Sunday involving coastguard rescue teams, lifeboats, police and rescue helicopters, including the Portland Coastguard helicopter.
It was sent to the Somerset coast to scan an area of sea before a RAF helicopter took over and the helicopter was able to return to Dorset.
Coastguards said yesterday the search for Dylan, from Northamptonshire, had turned into a body recovery operation.
The search was officially called off at 4.30pm.