10-year-old boy who died in frozen Solihull lake hailed as hero trying to save others

He died trying to save three boys he didn't even know.


Jack Johnson is a 10-year-old boy who lost his life trying to save those of three other children whom he didn’t even know. The tragedy, in which three children lost their lives, including Jack, and a fourth is in a critical condition took place on Sunday, December 11 while the boys were playing at Babbs Mill Park in Solihull, West Midlands.

It has been reported that the moment Jack noticed the three boys falling into the lake through the thin ice, he didn’t hesitate even a second before jumping to their rescue.

Losing Jake left his family in a state of shock and devastation.

His aunt Charlotte McIlmurray took to Facebook to share how humble and special her nephew was and offered her condolences to the families whose children died on Sunday.

“The 10-year-old boy is my nephew. He seen one go threw the ice an he ran an tried to save them.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the other family. We are just broken over it.

“To find out he died trying to save 3 lads he didn’t even know, that just sums him up. He was amazing.”

The bodies of the four boys were pulled out of the lake by emergency services.

One of the officers who punched through ice in an effort to rescue the boys was treated for mild hypothermia.

“Police officers did go into into the water,” Superintendent Richard Harris of West Midlands Police said.

“They were joined by other members of the other emergency services. Some of the officers went in waist-deep.

“One of my officers was trying to punch through the ice to actually rescue the children themselves. That officer as a result of that had some mild hypothermia yesterday. I’m pleased to say that he’s now been released from hospital and he’s absolutely fine.”

The statement released by the police department read, “Three boys have tragically died after falling into the lake at Babbs Mill Park in Solihull yesterday afternoon.

“The boys, aged 11, 10 and eight, were rushed to hospital after being pulled from the water.

“Sadly, they could not be revived and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this deeply devastating time. We’ll have specialist officers offering them as much support as we can.

“A fourth boy, aged six, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

“We’ve been working alongside colleagues from the fire and ambulance services as we do all we can to support those involved.

“Searches of the lake are continuing as we seek to establish exactly what happened and if anyone else fell into the water.

“We understand how distressing this is for the families and the wider community.

“We would ask people to not speculate or share any video footage at this stage.”

Jake’s family hailed him a hero for his selfless act. May he and the other boys who lost their lives rest in peace.

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