THOUSANDS of fish have died after the lake they were in was contaminated.
Residents discovered the dead fish at Madeley Pool yesterday morning and spent the rest of the day trying to oxygenate the water to save other fish which were still alive.
Buckets, paddling pools and even a baby bath were brought in to house the rescued fish.
It is not yet known what caused the death of the others.
The pool has been closed to fishing and upcoming matches will be cancelled.
Ralph Parsons, chairman of Madeley Pool Angling Club, which manages the pool, said: “We normally have between 7,000 and 10,000 fish in the pool. At least 5,000 of them must have died.
“The whole pool looked like a carpet with fish on the surface struggling to breathe.
“It is a close-knit community and we are a local club so everyone has pulled their finger out to try to do what they can.
“We have tried to take out as many alive fish as we can, but there is only so long they will last in paddling pools.