3 children dead, one critical after falling into a frozen lake in UK

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Emergency workers in conducted search operations in the English lake for two other children who were reportedly with the group 

As severe weather warnings were issued in the United Kingdom, three children died after falling into a frozen lake in central England. According to a report by Associated Press on Monday, December 12, four boys of age 6, 8, 10 and 11 were rescued from the lake by Police officers onsite.

The officers jumped in full uniform and broke the ice on the river with their bare hands to save the boys. They were then rushed to the hospital in West Midlands.

The three boys died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday as rescue operations were conducted into Monday for two other children who were reported to be with the group. According to the authorities in the report, it is still unclear if any other children accompanied the rest of them.  The 6-year-old was the only survivor of the accident but is said to be in critical condition.

“It’s important to stress that we’ve had no contact from anybody suggesting that there’s anybody else missing, but until we’re 100% certain we will be carrying on searches throughout the course of today″, said Richard Harris, West Midlands Police Superintendent, the report said.  

The severe weather in the UK has resulted in the coldest night temperatures of the year with parts of northern Scotland at minus 15.7 degrees Celsius. Now authorities are issuing warnings for people to be cautious about the dangers of open water during winter. 

“Frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs can look picturesque, but they can be lethal, and there are no greater warnings of this than yesterday’s tragic events″, said Richard Stanton West Midlands Fire Service area commander, according to a quote in the report. He further said, “Yesterday’s incident is a stark reminder to us all of the dangers of open water, especially during the winter months″.

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