A mom whose fifteen-year-old son drowned 21 years in the past has revealed how the Solihull frozen lake tragedy – wherein 4 boys died – introduced her kid’s demise ‘all again’.
Julie Amiss’s son Frazer died at Powell’s Pool in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield on July 29, 2001.
On listening to of the tragedy at Babbs Mill Lake in Kingsurst final Sunday, when three boys aged eight, 10 and 11 had died and a six-year-old was preventing for his life, Ms Amiss stated she ‘felt sick’.
The tragedy occurred on the Solihull park when the 4 boys fell into icy water on Sunday December 11 simply earlier than 3pm.
Julie Amiss, whose fifteen-year-old son Frazer Amiss (pictured) drowned at Powell’s Pool in Sutton Park 21 years in the past, stated the Solihull frozen lake tragedy introduced her kid’s demise ‘all again’
They had been rescued from the lake by emergency companies and handled by paramedics, however had been believed to have suffered cardiac arrests.
All 4 died on account of the incident. Three had been a part of the identical household – brothers Finlay Butler, 8, Samuel Butler, 6, and their cousin Thomas Stewart, 11. The fourth boy, Jack Johnson, was 10.
Six-year-old Sam fought for his life however died on Wednesday December 14 in hospital.
Ms Amiss, 55, stated the boys’ deaths resonated together with her strongly after the lack of her son in 2001.
The mom, who has two different youngsters, one born shortly after Frazer’s demise and a daughter who was 12 on the time of the tragedy, stated: ‘I heard about it on Monday morning. I simply felt sick.
Police attended the scene in Babbs Mill Lake in Kingshurst, Solihull the place 4 boys died after falling into icy water on December 11
‘Simply the extent of what number of youngsters had been concerned. It is so stunning. It is heartbreaking.
‘It does convey all of it again. My daughter rang me. She was 12-and-a-half on the time Frazer died and is now in her 30s.’
She added: ‘This brings it again for anyone that experiences that form of loss, particularly a baby in that method. They stroll out of the door. You assume you are going to see them and so they do not come again.
‘You consider so many issues. What might you will have finished and stated? My son was an inexpensive swimmer too. That was the most popular day that yr. However it’s understanding how cool the water could be.
‘And on Sunday evening, when the water is that chilly, you’d think about you’ve got obtained a brief area of time to get to them.’
Ten-year-old Jack Johnson was among the many boys who misplaced their lives within the Solihull tragedy. His aunt stated he ‘ran and tried to save lots of’ three different youngsters – aged six, eight and 11 – who had been on the frozen lake when the ice broke
The Amiss household lived within the Boldmere space of Sutton on the time, near Powell’s Pool by the Boldmere Gate entrance to the park. Frazer went to the park together with his cousin who Ms Amiss stated desperately tried to save lots of him within the water.
‘My youngsters went to a faculty within the space and Frazer had left college that yr in July. His birthday was August 29, only a few weeks away,’ she stated.
‘It occurred on July 29, the most popular day of the yr, within the early night. We had a name and we obtained to the park and there have been numerous folks there, ambulances, the police helicopter.
‘However the West Midlands Police divers, they had been disbanded. There was no person native within the space to return to rescue or do something.
‘Police and hearth crews had been advised to not go within the water on the time. They had been advised to not danger something on account of well being and security. The rescue crew from Nottingham obtained there fairly late.
‘It was eight or half eight and so they had a little bit go. However then determined to sleep in conjunction with the lake till it was daylight once more. My son’s cousin, my nephew, was with him that day. He tried to assist him however he could not maintain on to him.’
Ms Amiss, who now lives in Warwickshire however works in Erdington near the place she used to dwell, added: ‘We’re an in depth household. All of us have our hauntings from that and need to dwell with that yearly within the summertime when [similar] issues occur.
Mourners added to tributes for the 4 boys who misplaced their lives within the frozen lake tragedy in Solihull
‘It brings all of it again. We expect ”how are you going to make issues higher? How can we cease this taking place to youngsters and educate them actually?”
‘I am 55 now and after I was at college there have been drives with security at colleges. They do not appear to do this now.’
Requested about what she might say to the households affected by the Babbs Mill lake tragedy, Ms Amiss stated: ‘There simply aren’t any phrases you possibly can say. There’s nothing folks might say that might make me really feel higher. It is simply heartbreaking information. My coronary heart goes out to them. I simply cannot think about what they have to be going by way of.’