BREAKING UPDATE: Fourth child dies after falling through thin ice on Solihull lake in West Midlands

Fourth child dies after falling through thin ice on Solihull lake in West Midlands

West Midlands Police confirmed that a fourth child had died after falling into a freezing lake in Solihull, West Midlands on December 11.


UPDATE: Thursday, December 15 at 02.10am

The fourth of four children pulled out of a freezing lake last Sunday, December 11, has died in hospital. West Midlands Police confirmed the tragic news about the six-year-old boy in a tweet on its official Twitter profile.

UPDATE: Monday, December 12 at 12.25 pm

Three children have reportedly died after falling into a freezing lake in Solihull, West Midlands.

Three boys, aged 11, 10 and eight, were rescued from the iced-over lake on December 11 before being taken to hospital.

However, despite the best effort of the medical staff, the boys were pronounced dead.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 11 at 10pm

Four children are said to be in critical condition with two more feared missing after falling through thin ice into freezing water at a lake in the West Midlands town of  Solihull.

As reported in a press conference this evening, Sunday, December 11, four children are said to be in ‘critical’ condition this evening after they fell through thin ice on a lake in the West Midlands town of Solihull.

They were rushed to a hospital after being pulled from the icy water in Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst. Two were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and the other two were admitted to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. There has been no update on their condition.

Two other kids are still feared to be missing after divers scoured the lake, with a search and rescue operation scheduled to continue into the night. It was confirmed at the press conference that emergency responders had entered the water and rescued the four kids.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed that the four rescued children were in a state of cardiac arrest. They were ‘actively treated’ at the scene they added.

According to eyewitnesses, the kids had been playing on the frozen lake when the surface cracked and they fell into the freezing water. Onlookers had apparently shouted at them, warning them to get off the ice before it gave way.

It is believed that some friends attempted to assist the stricken children, only to end up in trouble as well, as reported by

UPDATE: Sunday, December 11 at 8:25pm

A search and rescue operation was launched by the West Midlands emergency services after they reported several people had fallen through thin ice into freezing water. A major incident has been declared. West Midlands Police have confirmed a number of casualties are in a ‘critical condition’.

According to Birmingham Live, specialist water rescue teams are searching in the lake. Their reporter Josh Sandiford, said @joshsandiford_ that he is currently at Chelmsley Wood Police Station where a press conference is due to take place shortly.

Sunday, December 11 at 6:03pm

Emergency services are reportedly dealing with a serious incident this afternoon, Sunday, December 11, in the West Midlands town of Solihull. Multiple people are believed to be in critical condition after being pulled out of a lake with water in freezing temperatures.

According to police reports, the incident occurred in the Kingshurst area at Babbs Mill Park on Fordbridge Road. Firefighting crews from the West Midlands Fire Service are also in attendance.

Ambulances and police vehicles are parked up as far as Stonebridge Crescent estate, all along Fordbridge Road, with roads currently cordoned off, as reported by

“You can hear sirens, everywhere you look there’s blue lights”, tweeted Tony Larner, the head of Birmingham Live @tlarner.

This is a breaking news story and we will try to keep you updated as more information becomes available, thank you.


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