Babbs Mill Lake: Witnesses yelled ‘it’s not safe’ before children ‘fell through ice’ with 2 feared dead and 4 critical people.

HORRIFIED witnesses shouted “it’s not safe” just before a group of children fell through the ice on a frozen lake.

Four of the children are currently fighting for their lives in hospital after heroic police officers and members of the public jumped into the water to save them.

Emergency services search a lake after fears several people fell through ice

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Emergency services search a lake after fears several people fell through icePhoto credit: SWNS
Four children were pulled out and are fighting for their lives

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Four children were pulled out and are fighting for their livesCredit: PA

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Two other children are feared dead while an overnight search is conducted for the missing teenagers.

Medical professionals fear that they are no longer alive due to their age, water temperature and length of stay.

Police will remain at the lake in Solihull, West Midlands, all night “in case anyone else may have been involved”.

Specialist divers from Nottinghamshire have been drafted in to help.

The victims are said to have been playing on the ice covering the water when they fell in.

Distraught locals told how bystanders had screamed that it was not “safe” to go out on the lake, which had frozen over in the cold weather.

Sophie, 23, said: “I got here at 2.45pm with my friends. A group of young people were playing near the completely frozen lake.

“Two of them had gone out on the lake and people were shouting at them that it wasn’t safe.

“Then the ice broke and one of the boys’ leg went in. The other three on the bank then went in to help and soon they were all in trouble.”

Witnesses said the ice broke under two of the children and the others got into trouble when they went to help.

Footage made available to The Sun shows police officers frantically rushing to the lake to rescue the children.

Rescue services swam to the first child before rescuing three more children from the water.

The children – presumably of primary school age – were taken out of the water and revived.

A police officer suffered mild hypothermia and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. He fully recovers.

Richard Stanton, of the West Midland Fire Service, told a press conference last night: “When firefighters arrived on the scene, it was brought to our attention that there could have been up to six people in the water.

“Following the rescue of the four children, we are continuing search and rescue operations throughout the lake to determine if there are any more in the water.”

He later added: “The specialist advice we have received is that given the temperature, the age of the people believed to have entered the water and the time spent there, there would be no more search and emergency surgery.”

And he warned adults and children alike to stay away from open water and ice, adding: “We know the weather forecast is forecast to be bitterly cold for the next few days.

Police will remain at the scene overnight in case anyone else is involved

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Police will remain at the scene overnight in case anyone else is involvedCredit: Alamy
Firefighters are still searching the lake tonight after being told there may be six children

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Firefighters are still searching the lake tonight after being told there may be six childrenCredit: PA

“Under no circumstances venture on ice, no matter how thick or safe you find that ice.”

Ellie Harvey, 29, a mother of two who works as a lunchtime assistant at one of three nearby elementary schools, said: “I understand they are all fifth and sixth grade elementary school kids.”

A local said last night: ‘This is a real tragedy. We still hope for the best but expect the worst.”

A woman seen comforting her friend at the scene also said: “This is a terrible thing that happened and it happened just before Christmas.

“Young people were out on the ice having fun when it gave way and they fell in.

“Some have been rescued, but children may still be trapped inside.

“The rescue teams are doing everything they can, they work tirelessly in the freezing, dark conditions and everyone is waiting and praying.

“It’s heartbreaking and everyone is desperate with concern.”

Temperatures have remained below freezing in the area today as snow and ice warnings have been issued across the country.

A witness added to Sky News: “I saw firefighters in the lake breaking up the ice.”

Emergency services such as the police, fire brigade and rescue service are on site.

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It comes as freezing temperatures have been recorded across parts of the West Midlands and mercury is currently hitting 1C in Solihull.

Heavy snowfall has blown up parts of Britain after a freezing night and forecasters believe things will only get worse as mercury plummets to -10C in the coming days.

Firefighters led efforts to rescue people from the water

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Firefighters led efforts to rescue people from the waterPhoto credit: Twitter
The incident happened at Babbs Mill Lake in Solihull

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The incident happened at Babbs Mill Lake in SolihullPhoto credit: Media Wales

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