Three boys aged eight, 10 and 11 have died after falling into an icy lake near Solihull.
A police officer tried to punch through the ice as he and others attempted to rescue the children in Babbs Mill Park, Kingshurst, on Sunday.
A fourth boy, aged six, remains in critical condition in the hospital after being pulled from the water.
Family members affected by the tragedy are “absolutely devastated”, said Supt Richard Harris of West Midlands Police.
Supt Harris said all police who went to the scene had entered the water with no regard for their own safety or with any special clothing – some going in waist-deep.
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