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Brave schoolgirl, 13, tried to save boys in Babbs Mill Lake tragedy using tree branches in desperate rescue attempt | The Sun

A BRAVE schoolgirl tried to save the three boys who died in the Babbs Mill Lake tragedy.

Oliwia Szewc, 13, used tree branches in a desperate rescue attempt.

The teenager was meeting a friend at the Solihull park when the tragic accident happened.

She bravely told ITV: "I was just trying to find branches of trees and try to pass to them but they were all too short

"I was just trying my best to think of different ways to at least help them or do anything for them to float on the surface of the water so they wouldn't drown.

"I was thinking, what would be able to pull them back to the shore? And then I just looked at a tree and I was like, that's it.


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"I should just get a branch I try. I got the branch, but it was too short."

Jack Johnson, 10, and two other boys – aged eight and 11 – tragically passed away at Babbs Mill Park in Solihull.

A six-year-old boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was also pulled from the frozen water in cardiac arrest.

Witnesses have revealed the harrowing cries of the sister of one of the victims in the aftermath.

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Heartbreaking video – which we have chosen not to publish – also captured desperate screams of "help" coming from the lake.

Dan Hall, 38, told The Telegraph: "She was a relative. She’d come down to help and met up with a younger girl who was hysterical, saying: ‘My brother, my brother’.

"The teenage girl was trying to comfort her younger cousin and saying it was going to be alright, but she had only just arrived and the younger girl had seen what had happened.

“You looked at what was happening and knew deep down that they were struggling to make it. It was just harrowing.

"Some people were very brave, and the emergency services were amazing.”

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