AMBULANCE bosses have offered 'sincere condolences' to the families and friends of three boys who died after an incident at a lake.

The boys, aged 11, 10 and eight, had fallen into a lake in Babbs Mill Park in Kinghuhrst, a nature park in Solihull, West Midlands Police said.

Paramedics and staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service were at the lake providing emergency care to the children pulled from the icy waters.



Emergency services were called to the lake on Sunday afternoon with reports that children, who had been playing on the ice, had fallen through and into a lake.

Police, fire and ambulance chiefs told a press conference on Sunday that four children had been rescued from the water in cardiac arrest and taken to hospital in critical condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Babbs Mill Park, Fordbridge Road, Kingshurst, Solihull at 2.36pm on Sunday afternoon.

Five ambulances, four paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, were sent to the scene along with five enhanced care teams.

They were the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands Care Team, The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car and three critical care paramedics from Midlands Air Ambulance.

The first ambulance arrived within seven minutes of the call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “After being rescued, the four children were immediately assessed and actively treated at the scene by ambulance staff.  All four were taken on blue lights to hospital, each with an enhance care team travelling with the ambulance crew, with treatment ongoing.

“Two were taken to Birmingham Childrens Hospital and two to Heartlands Hospital. All four children were said to be in a critical condition on arrival.

“The Hazardous Area Response Team continued to work with colleagues from police and fire at the scene until around 6.30pm to ascertain if there was anyone else in the water.  Ambulance resources have now stood down.”

A spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the three boys who have sadly died following the incident in Babbs Mill Park last night.

"Our thoughts also remain with the family of the fourth boy who remains in a critical condition in hospital."