Four children on life support as search continues at frozen lake in Solihull

Rescue services at the scene in Solihull
Rescue services at the scene in Solihull

Four children are in critical condition in hospital after being pulled from an icy lake in Solihull, while a search operation continues amid fears two more children were involved in the incident.

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Emergency services were called to Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst, a nature park in Solihull, at 2.36pm on Sunday, with reports from the scene and social media indicating that children had been playing on the ice and had fallen through into the lak

Emergency personnel at the scene near Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst, Solihull.
Emergency personnel at the scene near Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst, Solihull.

Local fire, police and ambulance chiefs told a press conference on Sunday evening that four children were rescued from the water in cardiac arrest and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Emergency services were made aware that up to six people may have been in the water, with specialist rescue teams continuing to search the lake throughout the night.

It comes after a severae weather warning was issued by the UK Met office over the weekend. Snow and freezing frost with the severe conditions set to continue over the next few days, including temperatures as low as minus 10C.

Richard Stanton, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service area commander, told the press conference: “When our firefighters arrived, a number of police officers and members of the public were in the water trying to reach and rescue the children.

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