Three young boys are confirmed dead after diving into a frozen lake
Police confirmed that three boys, aged 12, 11 and 8, died after falling into the frozen lake.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Three boys tragically died after falling into the lake at Babbs Mill Park in Solihull yesterday afternoon (December 11).
“The boys, aged 12, 11 and 8 were rushed to hospital after being pulled out of the water.
“Unfortunately they could not be revived and our hearts go out to their family and friends at this deeply devastating time.
“We will have specialist agents who will offer them as much support as possible.
“A fourth boy, aged 6, remains in hospital in critical condition.
“We have worked alongside colleagues from the fire and ambulance services as we do everything we can to support those involved.
“The search for the lake continues as we seek to establish exactly what happened and if anyone else fell in the water.
“We understand how distressing this is for families and the wider community.
“We ask people not to speculate or share any video footage at this stage.”
Councilor I an Court, leader of Solihull Council, added: “I can’t imagine what the families are going through at the moment.
“We will do everything we can to support families in this terrible situation.
“We are so stunned by what has happened and we must all work together to help those who have been affected.”
Tory MP Saqib Bhatti added: “We all feel the pain of this tragedy and we will do so for the next few months and years to come.
“I understand they were looking [for others]given the way it turned out, they needed to see if there was anyone else there.
“I heard the tragic news last night. It’s hard to put into words. I know how tight the community is.
“I have a young child and I hugged the little ones last night. My heart goes out to the community. I feel very emotional.”
Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council, said: “The news broke yesterday afternoon and we have been keeping in touch with everyone.
“We didn’t want to come and interfere with the ongoing search and rescue operations.
“Our thoughts are absolutely with the families and friends of the young people involved.
“We have to say thank you to the emergency services who went to the scene instantly and to the people who got into the water putting their lives at risk.
“It will have a huge impact on the community.
“We’ve seen the community before and many were here yesterday, so it’s about us all uniting.”