A search for a four-year-old boy who vanished in the sea while on a trip to the coast has become a body recovery operation, Coastguards have confirmed.
The hunt at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, is continuing, but Coastguards admit it has been altered from one for a missing child to one for a body.
The boy's parents tried to rescue him after he entered the water on the south side of a slipway on Sunday evening, but were unable to reach him.
A Swansea Coastguard spokesman confirmed the status of the operation, adding: "The boy will have been in the water for 16 hours now. It is a recovery mission, and the search is continuing."
Four Coastguard rescue teams, four lifeboats, the Coastguard sector manager, police and the RAF helicopter have all been involved in the search and rescue operation, which was launched after a member of the public witnessed the boy's parents' desperate attempts to save their son.