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The names of two of the young boys who passed away after falling through the ice of a frozen lake have been revealed.
Police announced that the three tragically lost their lives following the horror incident in Solihull, West Midlands.
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.
The two named boys are understood to be cousins.
The incident, near Birmingham, is understood to have seen all three boys, aged eight, 10 and 11, perish having suffered from cardiac arrests.
The boys were taken to hospital on Sunday (December 12), having fallen through the lake in Babbs Mill Park in Solihull.
Another child aged six remains at Birmingham Children's hospital in a critical condition.
A call to emergency services was logged as 2.36pm on Sunday with reports that people had "fallen through the ice".
First responders swarmed to the scene, with calls to all three emergency services understood to have been made.
Superintendent Richard Harris of West Midlands Police explained how officers had tried to punch through the ice to try and rescue the boys.
"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."
Rescuers are understood to have rushed to the lake with vehicles lining Fordbridge Road and Stonebridge Crescent.
Specialist water teams are understood to have been involved in the search, with a police cordon erected around the lake.
Area commander for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, Richard Stanton, has issued a warning about ice following the incident.
"We know that the weather forecast for the next few days is expected to be bitterly cold, please, adults and children alike, stay away from open water, under no circumstances venture on to ice regardless how thick or safe you think this ice may be," he said.
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