Tributes paid to brothers and cousin who died in frozen lake fall

Brothers Samuel and Finlay Butler died in the tragedy alongside their cousin Thomas Stewart and Jack Johnson.

Families pay tribute to brothers who died after falling in frozen Babbs Mill Lake in Solihull West Midlands Police

The families of three of the boys who died after falling into a frozen lake in Solihull have said they are “devastated” by the loss.

West Midlands Police said the boys were brothers Samuel Butler, six, and Finlay Butler, eight, their cousin Thomas Stewart, 11, and Jack Johnson, ten.

The boys were pulled from the frozen Babbs Mill Lake on Sunday afternoon and rushed to hospital.

The deaths of Finlay, Thomas and Jack were confirmed on Monday, while Samuel died in hospital on Wednesday.

The parents of Finlay, Thomas and Samuel said in a statement: “As a family, we are devastated at the loss of our beautiful boys Tom, Fin and Sam in such tragic circumstances.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for all they did in rescuing the boys and to the community for their support, it has been overwhelming. 

“We would like to pass on our condolences to Jack’s family at this very sad time, and ask for privacy from the media to begin to grieve.”

Thomas’ older brother paid tribute to his sibling and his cousin ahead of the news that Sam had also died following the tragedy.

He wrote: “Thomas was such a lively little soul, he had a big heart for such a young kid and he was so beautiful. He loved being outside playing with his mates.

“I love you Tom, big bro will take care of the family and I will see you soon. Make sure you keep practising on warzone and get a win, will you?

“Can’t forget about my dinosaur man Fin, he loved dinosaurs so much and always showing me new things he built on Minecraft and all the new stuff he learnt on it. Gonna miss you little man.”

Extensive underwater searches were carried out and have now concluded.

Supt Rich Harris said: “This is a tragedy beyond words and a grief that is unimaginable for the families and friends of the boys.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming, not just for the bereaved families, but also for the emergency services, for which we are extremely grateful.

“Our officers will remain in the area in the coming days. Please come and speak to us if you need to.”

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