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.
Rescuers pulled the boys, aged 8, 10 and 11, from the freezing waters of Babbs Mill Park on Sunday afternoon and transported them to West Midlands Hospital, around 100 miles north of London. But they could not be revived after suffering cardiac arrest.
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 suggesting anyone else is missing, but until we’re 100% sure we’ll continue to investigate. throughout the day,” said the West Midlands Police Superintendent. said Richard Harris.
Authorities have provided specialist officers to support the families of the victims, West Midlands Police said in a statement.
“We understand how distressing this is for families and the wider community,” police said.
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).
“We know the weather forecast for the next few days is expected to be extremely cold,” said Richard Stanton, area commander for the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. “Please, adults and children, stay away from open water. Under no circumstances should you venture onto ice, no matter how thick or safe you think that ice is. “