10-year-old hailed a hero after trying to save other children in Solihull lake disaster

Tearful police officers have laid floral tributes at the scene of the Solihull lake where three children died - as a six-year-old boy continues to fight for his life.

Officers were seen wiping away tears from their eyes as colleagues laid flowers in tribute to the three boys, aged eight, 10 and 11.

The boys fell through the ice into Babbs Mill lake in Solihull on Sunday, along with the six-year-old, who police said remains in a critical condition in hospital.

He was pulled from the water by emergency crews, including a police officer who tried to punch through ice during the rescue efforts.

Birmingham City manager John Eustace also visited the scene on Tuesday afternoon and laid a wreath on behalf of the club.

One of those who died has been named as 10-year-old Jack Johnson, who was described to Sky News as a "hero" because he went into the lake to try to save others.

West Midlands Police said a search of the lake was continuing after conflicting eyewitness reports had suggested as many as six children were at the scene.

The force said nobody else had been reported missing.

On Tuesday, a school friend of one of the boys who had come to pay tribute described how she had "burst into tears" in class while thinking about the tragedy. She said:

"I was in form today and I couldn't non-stop thinking about what happened to him.

"In last period I started bursting out with tears and I had to go and wait outside."

Another friend of one of the boys told Sky News how the events unfolded. 10-year-old Tommy Barnet said:

"They were all playing on the ice, one got their legs stuck in the ice and then… his friends went to go and save him, but they all fell in.

"When it was summer, we used to go in the woods and play hide and seek next to the lake. But I wasn't here yesterday.”

The four children were all in cardiac arrest when rescue teams pulled them out. They were taken to hospital but police said three of them "could not be revived".

Reports from the scene and social media videos indicate they were playing on the ice and fell through, the fire service said.

Members of the public and police officers initially went into the chilly waters to try to get the youngsters out, before the children were reached by specialist water rescue-trained firefighters.


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