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Solihull icy lake kills three children

Solihull icy lake kills three children

Solihull icy lake kills three children

Solihull icy lake kills three children

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  • Three boys died after falling into an icy lake in Solihull.
  • A fourth child, age 6, is still in critical condition at the hospital.
  • Officers entered the water without protection.
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Three boys, ages 8, 10, and 11, died when they fell into an icy lake close to Solihull. On Sunday in Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst, a policeman made an attempt to break through the ice in order to save the kids.

A fourth youngster, age six, who was rescued from the chilly water is still in severe condition at the hospital.

Family members who were impacted by the tragedy are “extremely saddened,” according to West Midlands Police Supt. Richard Harris.

All of the cops that responded to the incident, according to Supt. Harris, entered the water without regard for their personal safety or without any protective gear, with several going in up to their waists.

“One of my officers was trying to punch through the ice to actually rescue the children themselves,” he said.

“That officer, as a result of that, had some mild hypothermia yesterday. I’m pleased to say he’s now been released from hospital and he’s absolutely fine.”

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Searches are continuing at the lake and Supt Harris said teams wanted to be “100% certain that there is no-one else possibly in the water at this time”.

“It’s important to stress though that we’ve had no contact from anybody suggesting that there is anybody else missing.”

He said that officers were still trying to sort through all the incident’s specifics and were unable to say how long the youngsters had been submerged before help arrived.

Officers, according to Supt. Harris, arrived minutes after the initial contact, which was received at around 14:30 GMT.

Before specialized firemen could reach the children, members of the public and police officers plunged into the icy water to try to rescue them.

Red Watch firemen from Sheldon fire station, which is around five miles from the park, were among those who attempted to save the lads, according to Media.

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On Monday, they brought flowers to the area, and as they placed them down next to an increasing number of memorials, bystanders cheered.

As the lake search came to an end, the atmosphere remained gloomy, according to our correspondent.

At the time of the occurrence, local temperatures are said to have dropped to 1C (34F), then overnight they dropped to -3C (26F).

The kids were saved, taken right away to Birmingham Children’s and Heartlands Hospitals, but police stated there was no chance of them being revived.

As a result of the event at Babbs Mill, St Anthony’s Primary School in Kingshurst posted that it would be closed on Monday. It also requested prayers for those impacted.

Police said their thoughts were with the families and friends of the boys “at this deeply devastating time” and they would have specialist officers on hand to support them.

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Richard Stanton, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Area Commander, described the deaths as “a tragedy beyond words”.

He said the incident served as a reminder of the dangers of frozen water.

“It can look picturesque but can be lethal,” he said. “Please help avoid this from happening again.”

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