SOLIHULL Lake Tragedy
Two of the four young children, who tragically died after falling into a frozen lake in Solihull, were siblings. The brothers, aged 6 and 8, were reportedly trying to save their friends when they fell into the frozen lake at Babbs Mill Nature Reserve in Kingshurst on Sunday December 11.
The six-year-old boy, who was in critical condition since the tragedy, died on Wednesday, December 14, while his older brother died in the early hours of Monday, December 12.
The devastating tragedy also claimed the lives of two other children. , 10-year-old Jack Johnson and an 11-year-old boy named locally as Thomas. A GoFundMe launched to help bereaved families confirmed that the two youngest victims were brothers.
“Our hearts are broken for the four Little Princes,” the fundraising page read, adding: “On Sunday, December 11, 2022, a group of children were playing in a local park near an open lake.
Being children and adventurers ,forgot the dangers taught by their parents and risked wading into the frozen lake.Four children fell through the ice and into the lake
The desperate father of one of the boys and a dog walker entered the lake to try to help the children. The emergency and rescue services arrived promptly and began the rescue.”
Sadly, Jack (age 10) and a boy (age 11) lost their lives on Sunday, December 11, 2022. Another boy (age 8) passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, December 12, 2022.
He later added: “The 8-year-old boy’s younger brother, 6, remained in critical condition until Wednesday, December 14, 2022, when he sadly gave up his fight and gained his wings.”
The tragic incident, which occurred just days before Christmas, has left the tight-knit community devastated. The four children are understood to have gone into cardiac arrest after falling into the lake while playing in the park.
Mourners left floral tributes, balloons, stuffed animals and lit candles at a vigil held in Kingshurst, Solihull, near Birmingham, on Monday night. A second vigil is also scheduled for next Saturday, December 17.
Mourning the four deaths, authorities said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that we have to report this afternoon, the six-year-old boy in hospital has lost his fight for life.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those involved in this tragedy.” Officers completed their search of the lake and cordon was lifted in the area Wednesday night. Read Mote