3 children die after fall into icy lake; UK gripped by storm

Dec 11, 2022, 12:25 PM | Updated: Dec 12, 2022, 5:07 am
Mounted soldiers ride along The Mall during the Changing of The King's Guard in London, Monday, Dec...

Mounted soldiers ride along The Mall during the Changing of The King's Guard in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

              Mounted soldiers ride along The Mall during the Changing of The King's Guard in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A person walks through the snow and fog on Hackney Marshes in London, Sunday Dec. 11, 2022. (Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA via AP)
            
              Snow covers the tracks as tube trains are parked in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Mute swans walk through the snow and ice looking to get fed by visitors to the partly frozen round pond at Kensington Garden in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
            
              A woman pulls a shopping trolley, in a snow covered residential area in Leytonstone, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A view of a goal post in the snow covered Wanstead Flats, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A snowman pictured in the Wanstead Flats, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              People take photographs on a snow covered Horseguards Parade, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Snow covers the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A woman photographs a snowman in Green Park in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Police officers at the scene in Babbs Mill Park where four children were rescued from an icy lake in Kingshurst, Solihull, England, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022.  Three young boys who fell through ice covering a lake in central England have died and a fourth remains hospitalized as weather forecasters issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the United Kingdom. Rescuers pulled the boys, aged 8, 10 and 11, from the icy waters Sunday afternoon and rushed them to the hospital in the West Midlands, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of London. But they could not be revived after suffering cardiac arrest. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
            
              Police search teams at the scene after children fell through ice,in Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst, Solihull, England, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Three young boys who fell through ice covering a lake in central England have died and a fourth remains hospitalized as weather forecasters issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the United Kingdom. Rescuers pulled the boys, aged 8, 10 and 11, from the icy waters Sunday afternoon and rushed them to the hospital in the West Midlands, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of London. But they could not be revived after suffering cardiac arrest. (Matthew Cooper/PA via AP)
            
              A person walks through the snow and fog on Hackney Marshes in London, Sunday Dec. 11, 2022. (Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA via AP)
            
              Snow covers the tracks as tube trains are parked in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Mute swans walk through the snow and ice looking to get fed by visitors to the partly frozen round pond at Kensington Garden in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
            
              A woman pulls a shopping trolley, in a snow covered residential area in Leytonstone, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A view of a goal post in the snow covered Wanstead Flats, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A snowman pictured in the Wanstead Flats, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              People take photographs on a snow covered Horseguards Parade, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Snow covers the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A woman photographs a snowman in Green Park in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A person walks through the snow and fog on Hackney Marshes in London, Sunday Dec. 11, 2022. (Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA via AP)
            
              Snow covers the tracks as tube trains are parked in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Mute swans walk through the snow and ice looking to get fed by visitors to the partly frozen round pond at Kensington Garden in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
            
              A woman pulls a shopping trolley, in a snow covered residential area in Leytonstone, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A view of a goal post in the snow covered Wanstead Flats, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              A snowman pictured in the Wanstead Flats, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            
              People take photographs on a snow covered Horseguards Parade, in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              Snow covers the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A woman photographs a snowman in Green Park in London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
            
              A woman walks the dogs as snow falls at a park in South London, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Parts of the United Kingdom are being hit by freezing conditions with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issuing a Level 3 cold weather alert covering England until Monday and the Met Office issuing several yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of the UK over the coming days. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
            
              Wintry conditions in Little Venice, in London, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the United Kingdom, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (Catherine Wylie/PA via AP)
            
              Snow on the ground in Camden, north London, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the United Kingdom, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (Frank Vincini/PA via AP)
            
              A person cycles through the snow in Greenwich Park, London, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. Snow and ice have swept across parts of the UK, with cold wintry conditions set to continue for days. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
            When we turn back our clocks each November, we increase our chances of hitting deer because they come out in abundance at night. (James Manning/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Three young boys who fell through ice covering a lake in central England have died and a fourth remains hospitalized as weather forecasters issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the United Kingdom.

Police in full uniform jumped into the water and broke through the ice using their bare hands to pull the boys, ages 8, 10 and 11, from the icy waters Sunday afternoon and rushed them to the hospital in the West Midlands, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of London. But they could not be revived after suffering cardiac arrest.

The fourth child, who is 6, remains in critical condition. Emergency workers searched through the night and into Monday for two other children who were reportedly with the group, though it is uncertain whether there were additional victims of the tragedy.

“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,” West Midlands Police Superintendent Richard Harris said.

Harris declined to say whether the children were members of a single family.

The news came as the Met Office, Britain’s national weather service, issued severe weather alerts for large parts of the country. Roads in eastern and southeastern England were among the most affected. Some travelers were stuck for hours due to the closure of the UK’s busiest highway, 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” because aircraft were out of position after flight cancellations on Sunday night.

The country 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 can look picturesque but they can be lethal, and there are no greater warnings of this than yesterday’s tragic events,” West Midlands Fire Service area commander Richard Stanton 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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3 children die after fall into icy lake; UK gripped by storm