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Three children are dead and a fourth was in critical condition after falling into ice-covered lake in England, police said Monday.
According to West Midlands Police in central England, three boys, ages 8, 10 and 11 were pulled from the lake in Solihull in critical condition.
After being pulled from the water, the boys were rushed to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead, police said.
“Sadly, they could not be revived,” police posted on Facebook.
A 6-year-old boy was also taken to the hospital where he remained in critical condition Monday, according to police.
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It was not immediately known how the boys fell into the water.
“Searches of the lake are continuing as we seek to establish exactly what happened and if anyone else fell into the water,” police posted on Facebook. “We understand how distressing this is for the families and the wider community.”
“Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this devastating time,” police posted on Twitter.
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It’s never a guarantee that ice will be 100% safe to walk on, wildlife officials urge.
But if you’re determined to walk onto the ice of a frozen lake or pond, most official recommendations caution ice should be at least 4 inches thick, and that’s only if the ice is clear and blue. 
“White ice or snow ice is only about half as strong as new clear ice and can be very treacherous,” the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife warns.
Even then, ice doesn’t freeze uniformly. Make sure to continually check the thickness of ice if you’re venturing to different areas.
The recommended thickness for bringing vehicles on ice is generally higher. It should be at least 5 inches thick before using a snowmobile or small ATV, Minnesota and Massachusetts outdoors departments warn. 
Should an emergency occur and someone falls through the ice, do not run to the hole. Call 911 and then extend a pole, branch or rope to the victim to ensure you don’t fall into the water as well.
If you fall through the ice, call for help and kick your feet while getting your hands and arms up.
Contributing: Jay Cannon, USA TODAY; Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press
Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.



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