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Rescue teams search a frozen lake for survivors after a number of people ‘fell while playing on the ice’ and are in critical condition

Rescue teams have searched a frozen lake for survivors after a number of people “fell while playing on the ice” and are in critical condition.

At least five were reportedly rescued by emergency services as temperatures hit sub-zero across Britain.

Police called for the incident at a lake at Babbs Mill Lake in Kinshurst, Solihull, in the West Midlands, just after 2.30pm today (Sunday).< br>
Police confirmed this evening that reports from the scene and videos on social media suggested the victims had played on the ice of a pond and had fallen.

West Midlands Police said officers were working with firefighters and paramedics as several people were pulled from the frozen lake.

More than two dozen emergency service workers are believed to be at the scene and the situation has been described as “serious” by police.

Scuba divers and specialist water rescue teams were seen entering the lake in the dark this evening in a b to find survivors.

The injured received medical aid at the scene from paramedics and firefighters.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: “At 2.36pm on Sunday 11 December, the West Midlands Fire Service, together with the West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Police , were called to Babbs Mill Park in Solihull. < br>
“Reports from the scene and videos on social media indicate that people had played on the ice of a pond and had fallen.

“Our specialist water rescue teams arrived and acted confidently to take control of the scene and carry out rescues using specialist equipment and entering the water.

“The victims received medical assistance at the scene from fire and ambulance personnel before being taken to nearby hospitals.

“The incident is still a search and rescue operation, led by the West Midlands Fire Service.

“We are asking people to allow the emergency services at the scene to do their job safely and efficiently.

“We will post further details as appropriate with our fellow blue light partners.”

One person claimed that five children were playing on the frozen lake and fell through the ice. Another said a child is still missing.

Babbs Mill park beauty spot is a nature reserve with a lake and woodland

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