Three boys aged 8, 10 & 11 have died after they fell into an icy lake in Solihull.
Four children had been hospitalised in critical condition after walking on ice at Babbs Mill Park on Sunday afternoon.
A search of the lake continued overnight after reports up to six children had fallen in, but police warned it was “no longer a search and rescue operation”.
West Midlands Fire Service said on Sunday that by the time they arrived, police and the public were in the water trying to reach the children.
Witnesses also described seeing firefighters in the lake smashing the ice and three people getting medical attention.
Two children were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the others to the city’s Heartland’s Hospital.