PICTURED: 'Amazing' hero boy aged 10 who died trying to save his friends from freezing Solihull lake

The three boys were taken to hospital after being pulled from the water but could not be revived.


A relative of one of three young boys who died after falling into an ice-covered lake has spoken of the unimaginable pain faced by the youngsters’ families.

The aunt of ten-year-old Jack Johnson, who is reported to have been trying to save others who fell into Babbs Mill Lake in Kingshurst, Solihull, near Birmingham, used a social media post to thank members of the community for their support.

West Midlands Police said on Monday that three boys aged 11, 10 and eight had died after falling into the lake on Sunday.

The three boys were taken to hospital after being pulled from the water but could not be revived.

A fourth boy, aged six, was in a critical condition in hospital.

During a news conference on Monday at an entrance to Babbs Mill nature reserve, Superintendent Richard Harris, of West Midlands Police, said one officer tried to punch through the ice during the rescue efforts.

In a post on social media, Jack’s aunt, Charlotte McIlmurray, described the tragedy as a “nightmare”, adding “that two families can’t wake from the pain is unimaginable”.

“He (Jack) was my nephew, so I know the pain is a million times worse for their moms, dads, sisters/brothers,” she added.

Numerous bunches of flowers left near the scene included tributes from the emergency services, the NHS, local politicians, Marston Green FC and friends of the three boys.

Several bouquets had cards dedicated to Jack, while others paid tribute to another boy by name, saying: “To Thomas, The world will not be same without you” and “Thomas, rest in peace. Love from Earl.”

Children’s toys were also placed at the makeshift shrine, including several teddy bears with the message: “RIP beautiful angels. Love Sienna.”

West Midlands Police said in a statement: “Our searches at Babbs Mill lake in Kingshurst will continue today.

“The six-year-old boy remains in hospital in a critical condition. We will release further updates as soon as we are able.”

Overnight dozens more bunches of flowers, balloons, and children’s toys have been left at the foot of a tree near Babbs Mill lake, which has become a focal point for a community in mourning in Kingshurst.

Meanwhile, a dive team from Nottinghamshire Police has been searching the lake throughout Tuesday morning as its neighbouring West Midlands Police continues to try to establish the circumstances of how the three children died in the icy waters.