| 1 March 2024, Friday |

Three boys die after falling into ice-covered lake in Britain

Police confirmed on Monday that three young boys died after falling into an ice-covered lake in central England over the weekend. Britain is now experiencing a cold spell, and sections of the country received significant snowfall over the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, a 6-year-old and three boys, ages 11, 10, and 8, were retrieved from a lake near Solihull in critical condition and rushed to a hospital. According to authorities, the 6-year-old was in a severe condition in the hospital.

“The boys’ deaths are a tragedy beyond words,” Richard Stanton from the local fire and rescue service said at a news conference.

“Yesterday’s incident is a stark reminder to us all of the dangers of open water, especially during the winter months.”

Emergency services were called just after 2.30 p.m. on Sunday and local media reported members of the public had entered the water to try to help the boys.

Richard Harris of West Midlands Police said that searches would continue for as long as it took until they were certain there was no-one else in the lake after conflicting reports that other children might have fallen in.

He said one officer was treated for mild hypothermia after going in to try to save the children but had been released from hospital and was fine.

“One of my officers was trying to punch through the ice to actually rescue the children,” Harris said. “The officers went straight in, without regard for their own safety. They entered the water in just a normal trousers and shoes.”

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said it was “devastating news for the family and friends” of the boys.

“This is a tragic incident,” he said. “The prime minister’s thoughts are with them and obviously he passes his thanks to the emergency services who are continuing to work and provide support.”

  • Reuters