LONDON — Three young boys who fell through ice covering a lake in central England have died and a fourth remains hospitalized as meteorologists issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the UK.
Uniformed police jumped into the water and crossed the ice with their bare hands to pull the boys, aged 8, 10 and 11, from the freezing waters on Sunday afternoon and rushed them to West Midlands Hospital , about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of London. But they could not be revived after suffering cardiac arrest.
The fourth child, who is 6 years old, remains in critical condition. Rescuers searched overnight and into Monday for two other children believed to have been with the group, although it is uncertain whether there were other victims of the tragedy.
“It’s important to stress…we haven’t had any contact from anyone to suggest anyone else is missing, but until we are 100% certain we will continue to investigate. throughout the day,” said the West Midlands Police Superintendent. said Richard Harris.
Harris declined to say whether the children were members of one family.
The news came as the Met Office, Britain’s national weather service, issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the country. Roads in the east and south-east of England were among the hardest hit. Some travelers have been stranded for hours due to the closure of the UK’s busiest motorway, the M25, which circles Greater London.
Gatwick and Stansted airports warned of flight delays on Monday, and London City airport said it was experiencing ‘some disruption’ as planes were not in position after flight cancellations on Sunday evening.
The country has recorded its coldest night of the year so far in northern Scotland at minus 15.7 degrees Celsius (3.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
“Frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs may seem scenic, but they can be deadly, and there is no greater warning than the tragic events of yesterday,” the fire department commander of the United States said. West Midlands, Richard Stanton. “Yesterday’s incident is a stark reminder for all of us of the dangers of open water, especially during the winter months.”