Police & Fire

One Found In Icy Budd Lake Waters - 'I Had Strong Feelings This Was Going To Happen,' Resident Says

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An unidentified woman walks away from the lake, sobbing, and with a tear-stained face. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Two women embrace on the scene. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Members of the media interview Betty Marcus. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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The airboat out on the lake. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Police cordon off one end of Sandshore Road. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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News vans wait near the lake. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Members of the media wait behind the police tape. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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A police officer on the scene, as those allowed behind police lines wait beside the lake. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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People hug each other and wait for answers. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Two young girls stand by the lake. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Road closed as recovery efforts continue. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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The Morris County Mobile Command Center on the scene. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
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MOUNT OLIVE, NJ – One body has been confirmed pulled from the icy waters of Budd Lake this afternoon, as rescue workers continue their recovery efforts for the other teenage boy, who plunged into the lake yesterday evening.

According to a report issued by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office today, the Mount Olive Police Department received the first 9-1-1 call at 6:19 p.m., and local law enforcement, and other officials, have been on the scene since yesterday evening.

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The Mount Olive Police Department, Budd Lake and Flanders Fire Departments, the New Jersey State Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Department of Public Safety, have been part of the recovery operations.

At about 1 p.m., the New Jersey State Police airboat proceeded towards the shore, after a prolonged time on the water.

As members of the media, and the public waited for word today, at approximately 1:17 p.m., sobs were heard, and people were seen walking away from the Budd Lake Chapel, across the street from the lake, and, a headquarters for the recovery efforts. Chairs, which had been stationed on the side of the lake, were also removed, and brought back into the church at that time.

A silence fell over the crowd, as members of news teams waited poised with their camera, and recording equipment, and at about 1:20 p.m., the booming sound of the airboat motor resumed. The boat returned to the center of the lake, parallel from the chapel, to an area on the lake surrounded by cones, about 800 to 1,000 feet from the shore.

“I had strong feelings something was going to happen,” said Betty Marcus, a person who was seen praying behind police lines on church property, who then consented to talk to the press.

Marcus, who said she is a seven-year resident of Mount Olive Township, indicated she was driving by the lake in the early evening hours along Sandshore Drive, and saw two boys on bicycles, who she believed were the victims, Clyde Schimanski, age 15, and Nick Cianciotto, age 14.

She further described the scene, with what she said was “a guy ice fishing, and horsing around,” and “kids having winter fun.”

She noted one of the boys wore a red jacket, and the other blue, and both were out on the ice.

When asked if it was common for people to traverse across the lake, Marcus said, “That far out is normal.”

“We fish here all the time, you fish at your own risk,” Marcus said.

When The Alternative Press asked Marcus for an approximate time when she noticed the activity, she first said she was unsure, and, it was a difficult day for her yesterday, with a friend who was hit by a car earlier in the day. After continuing her story, she said she witnessed the boys on the bicycles at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Marcus said she was in a class last evening, which ended at about 10 p.m., turned on the television, and learned of the news.

Marcus said she knows the father of one of the boys, but as of this afternoon, had not spoken to him yet.

“He’s in my prayers,” Marcus concluded.

For previous articles on this topic, click here, here, and here.

 

The Alternative Press will continue to cover this story, and provide information as available.

 

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