Three children died after falling into frozen lake

Three boys aged eight, 10 and 11 died after being pulled from an icy lake in Solihull.

A fourth boy, aged six, remains in hospital in critical condition.

Emergency services were first called to Babbs Mill Park in the Kingshurst area of ​​Solihull, West Midlands, near Birmingham at 2.36pm on Sunday, where four children were reported to have been playing on the ice and had fallen in the lake.

Members of the public and police first made their way into the cold waters to try to get the youngsters out, before the children were joined by specialist water rescue firefighters who pulled the group to safety.

Those pulled from the water received immediate assistance from ambulance and fire personnel before being rushed to two hospitals in Birmingham; Birmingham Children’s and Heartlands, where they all arrived in critical condition.

In an update on Monday morning, West Midlands Police said: ‘Three boys have tragically died after falling into the lake at Babbs Mill Park in Solihull yesterday afternoon.

“The boys, aged 11, 10 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 officers who will offer them as much support as possible.

“A fourth boy, aged six, remains in critical condition in hospital.”

Police added that searches of the lake are continuing to determine if anyone else fell in the water, following reports that up to six children may have been involved.

Meriden MP Saqib Bhatti visited the scene at Babbs Mill Lake on Monday, accompanied by Solihull Council Leader Ian Courts and Deputy Leader Karen Grinsell, each praising the emergency services for their heroic efforts to get the children out of the water.

The MP told reporters: “There is clearly an officer who is suffering from mild hypothermia. In these conditions to not worry about your own safety and just go after these children is heroic.

“The (search) operation lasted all night in these really difficult conditions.

“The whole community will feel the pain.”

And Cllr Courts said: ‘This is about as bad as it gets…a dreadful situation.

“We are completely stunned by what happened.

“Clearly our thoughts and prayers must be with the families in this situation. I can barely imagine what the families are going through.

Temperatures are believed to have dipped to 1C (34F) in the area at the time of the incident, falling to -3C (26F) overnight.

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