Officers investigating the disappearance of two Midland men feared drowned in separate incidents pulled a body from a Birmingham lake today.

A police spokeswoman said the body, believed to be that of a 19-year-old man, was recovered this morning from Brookvale Park, Erdington.

Ambulance crews were called to the park’s lake at 6.35pm yesterday following reports that four men in their late teens or early 20s had waded into the water to retrieve a football.

A police spokeswoman said: "A body has been recovered from Brookvale Park lake in Erdington. Formal identification has yet to take place.

"The body is believed to be that of a 19-year-old male from the Alum Rock area."

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, the care team doctor and the county air ambulance from Cosford were sent to the park, off George Road.

While the search was under way, paramedics were called to a similar incident in an area known as the Station Fields, in Pelsall, West Midlands.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "It is understood that three men, again in their late teens or early 20s, went into some water. Although two made it out, the third could not be found."

Once again fire crews and the police helicopter were deployed to try to find the missing man.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene and the care team doctor was moved from the first incident to the second.

The search in Pelsall is continuing, police said.