Solihull lake tragedy: Images released of boys who died after falling into frozen lake

West Midlands Police said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of those involved in this tragedy
West Midlands Police said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of those involved in this tragedy".

West Midlands Police have released the names of the four boys who died after falling into a frozen lake in Solihull

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The four boys who died after falling into a frozen lake in Solihull on Sunday have been named by West Midlands Police as brothers Samuel Butler, six, and Finlay Butler, eight, their cousin Thomas Stewart, 11, and Jack Johnson, 10.

The parents of brothers Finlay and Samuel Butler, along with the parents of their cousin Thomas Stewart, said: “As a family we are devastated at the loss of our beautiful boys Tom, Fin and Sam in such tragic circumstances.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for all they did in rescuing the boys and to the community for their support, it has been overwhelming.

“We would like to pass on our condolences to Jack’s family at this very sad time and ask for privacy from the media to begin to grieve.”

West Midlands Police said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of those involved in this tragedy.

Brothers Finlay (left) and Samuel who have been named as two of the children who died
Brothers Finlay (left) and Samuel who have been named as two of the children who died

“We cannot comprehend the enormity of the pain they must feel and our hearts go out to them.

“Specialist officers remain in contact with the family and we will issue further information as soon as we can.

“The searches have been completed and the scene of the incident at the lake will be lifted this evening.”

The death comes as England international Tyrone Mings visited a makeshift memorial at the lake.

Earlier this week, relatives paid tribute to one of the youngsters, 10-year-old Jack Johnson, who is reported to have been trying to save others who fell into the water, and in a social media post, thanked members of the community for their support.

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

Among the dozens of teddy bears was one with the message: “RIP beautiful angels.”

More details have emerged about the rescuers, who included members of the public and police officers, including a new officer who suffered mild hypothermia after trying to punch through the ice in order to get the boys out as quickly as possible.

Rich Cooke, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, told The Telegraph the officer was a student officer in his early 20s, who had been on one of his first operational rotations.

Mr Cooke described him as “an absolute hero” who was currently on days off but would be back on shift later this week.

He said all the police who arrived at the scene had “tried to help in whatever way they could”.