MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township community stands in shock after a 12-year-old boy was pulled from Lake Valhalla on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 26.
Emergency responders from the Montville Township First Aid Squad, Montville Township Police, and Montville Fire Department responded at approximately 3:30 p.m. to the private beach club on Vista Road.
“The lifeguards reacted immediately once alerted to the situation,” said a source who wished to remain unnamed. “They closed the area, moved everyone inside and started an extensive search. There were probably twenty to thirty people in the water looking for him”
The boy had been reportedly trapped under the dock for about 12 minutes, a source said. Another source said two lifeguards were actively staffing the beach, but many police, fire and rescue workers joined the search. Dark water made the rescuers’ efforts difficult. CPR was attempted, but was unsuccessful.
The boy had just finished 6th grade at Lazar Middle School, according to sources.
The Morris County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit are working with Montville Township Police to investigate the accident.
Anyone with information about the accident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Montville Township Police Department at 973-257-4300.
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