Babbs Mill Lake, Birmingham, UK
At 2.36pm on Sunday 11 December, West Midlands Fire Service, along with West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Police, were called to Babbs Mill Park in Solihull.
Reports from the scene and videos on social media indicate that people had been playing on the ice on a pond and had fallen through. Our specialist water rescue teams arrived and acted assertively to take control of the scene and carry out rescues using specialist equipment and entering the water.
Casualties have received medical support at the scene from both firefighters and ambulance personnel prior to being taken to nearby hospitals.
The incident is still a search and rescue operation, being led by West Midlands Fire Service.
We would ask people to allow emergency services at the scene to go about their work in a safe and effective way.
We will release further details when appropriate with our fellow blue-light partners.
Update from West Midlands Ambulance service:
Appeal from West Midlands Police:
Anyone with any footage of the incident Babbs Mill, can pass it on to us via this portalhttps://t.co/aiRwf1XJi7
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) December 11, 2022
Area Commander Richard Stanton of West Midlands Fire Service speaks at a media conference:
Emergency services say four children have been rescued and taken to hospital after they fell through ice on a lake in Solihull.
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 11, 2022
Three boys have tragically died after falling into the lake at Babbs Mill Park in Solihull yesterday afternoon (11 December).
We are sad to learn from our colleagues at West Midlands Police that, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, three children have sadly died following this incident.
One child remains in a critical condition in hospital and our thoughts are with the families affected.
We remain at the scene, along with West Midlands Police, to support their search efforts. We will continue doing everything until we are absolutely sure everyone is accounted for.
We’re devastated to hear the fourth child rescued from the Babbs Mill Lake incident a few days ago has very sadly died. We wish the family strength and comfort in these tragic circumstances.
Police have confirmed searches are now completed and the scene at the lake will be closed shortly.
The searches have been completed and the scene of the incident at the lake will be lifted this evening.
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) December 14, 2022