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A statement from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Published on Monday, 12th December 2022

Following the fatal incident at a frozen lake in Solihull last night, Cllr Julian Gutteridge, Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment, said:

“Everyone here at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is devastated to hear about the situation that occurred at Babbs Mill in Solihull last night.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those involved.

“Our utmost priority is to help keep the people of our Borough safe. We are working with our colleagues at Warwickshire County Council to highlight the dangers of frozen water to children and adults across the county.

“We would also like to ask that people take the time to read through this information from the Royal Life Saving Society to remind themselves of the dangers, and share the important messages on Winter Water Safety.”

Moreno Francioso, Community Fire Prevention & Arson Manager at Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: 

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the three young boys who have lost their lives and the young boy who is still in hospital. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those involved. The incident is a stark reminder of the very real dangers of open water, particularly when it’s frozen.

"Our message to everyone right now is to stay well away from the water’s edge. Please don’t try to walk or skate on frozen water. Regardless of how solid it looks, you never know when the ice may give way, in which instance tragic outcomes are common. 

“Please take the time now to talk to your children about the dangers of frozen lakes and why it’s important for them to stay safe, so that we can prevent this happening again.”