People screamed ‘it’s not safe’ as kids fell into frozen lake – 3 confirmed dead

The group of three boys who tragically died after falling through an iced over lake and suffering cardiac arrests were warned about going in by passers-by.

The young lads aged 11, 10 and eight were pulled out of the icy water of Babbs Mill Park in Solihull, West Midlands, and taken to hospital on Sunday.

One of them has been named as Jack Johnson, 10. Another was named locally in floral tributes as 11-year-old Thomas. The name of the third boy has not yet been made public.

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A fourth child, six, remains in a critical condition at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Initial reports, saying people had "fallen through the ice," were logged at 2.36pm on Sunday, December 11, with calls to all three 999 responders.

Emergency services, alongside specialist water rescue teams, were immediately scrambled and first responders swarmed the scene.

And reports suggest that a 23-year-old mental health support worker called Sophie was in the park at the time the group fell in.

She told the Mail Online people in the park were screaming at them not to go on the ice.

"I got here with my friends at 2.45pm. There were a group of youngsters playing near the lake which was completely iced over," she said.

"Two of them had gone onto the lake and people were shouting at them that it wasn't safe.

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"Then the ice cracked and the leg of one of the boys went in. The other three on the bank then went in to help and soon they were all in trouble."

A police officer was also treated for hypothermia after trying to save the children who crashed through the ice.

The officer tried to punch through the ice to rescue the boys. Superintendent Richard Harris, of West Midlands Police, told reporters: “Police officers did go into into the water.

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“They were joined by other members of the other emergency services. Some of the officers went in waist-deep.

“One of my officers was trying to punch through the ice to actually rescue the children themselves. That officer as a result of that had some mild hypothermia yesterday.

“I’m pleased to say that he’s now been released from hospital and he’s absolutely fine.”


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