Dog dies after falling into frozen lake as children walk on ice

A dog has died after falling into a frozen lake, just days after four boys lost their lives in similar circumstances.

Fire crews rushed to the scene in an attempt to save the animal and as they approached saw children walking on the same ice the animal had fallen on.

It comes less than a week after a group of boys, all under the age of 12, died after falling into a frozen lake in Solihull.

The dog fell into the frozen lake (Cleveland Fire and Rescue)

Cleveland Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook on Thursday: ‘We have just witnessed an incident involving a dog who fell through the ice on Lake Hemlington, while in attendance children were seen attempt to walk on ice, please convey the dangers of this.

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“Frozen ponds and lakes can be very tempting to walk or play in, but please stay clear and do not endanger yourself or anyone else,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, another dog got into trouble at a popular walking spot in Baggeridge Country Park in Staffordshire.

A Staffordshire Council spokesman said: ‘We can confirm an incident has taken place at Baggeridge Country Park and offer our condolences and best wishes to those involved.

“As part of the park’s risk assessment, lifebuoy rings are regularly checked by the ranger team.

“Unfortunately, on this occasion, the lifelines have been targeted by vandals, who repeatedly believe it is okay to remove these essential lifesavers and put lives at risk.”

Children were also seen on the lake as firefighters arrived (Cleveland Fire and Rescue)

Children were also seen on the lake as firefighters arrived (Cleveland Fire and Rescue)

Brothers Samuel and Finlay Butler, aged six and eight, were among four boys who died in the Babbs Mill Lake tragedy, along with their 11-year-old cousin Thomas Stewart, West Midlands Police said.

Ten-year-old Jack Johnson also lost his life.

The four boys fell into an icy lake at Babbs Mill Park, West Midlands, on Sunday.

Tributes have been pouring in for three of the boys, who have now been named.

Six-year-old Samuel died later Wednesday after spending days in critical condition.

Police shared an image of the brothers, along with their cousin, as they officially named the boys as victims of the tragedy on Thursday.

Victims of the frozen lake of Solihull tragedy (West Midlands Police)

Victims of the frozen lake of Solihull tragedy (West Midlands Police)

A statement from the parents said: “As a family, we are devastated by the loss of our beautiful boys Tom, Fin and Sam in such tragic circumstances.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for all they have done to save the boys and the community for their support, it has been overwhelming.”

He added: “We would like to send our condolences to Jack’s family at this very sad time and ask for media privacy to start grieving.”

Thomas’ older brother, speaking in tribute, said: “Thomas was such a lively little soul, he had a big heart for such a young child and he was so handsome. He loved playing outside with his buddies.

“I love you Tom, big brother will take care of the family and I’ll see you soon. Make sure you keep practicing on Warzone and get a win okay?”

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