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Search Resumes for Second Teen in Budd Lake

Body of one teenage boy who went missing in icy water was found Tuesday afternoon, search for the second was suspended Tuesday night, prosecutor says.

Update, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Dive and recovery teams have resumed searching for the body of the second teen in Budd Lake as of 8 a.m. First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante said the Morris County Prosecutor's Office will release a statement later in the day. Mt. Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum wrote on his public Facebook page Wednesday morning, "Let's bring the last boy home today."

The search for the second teen, missing since Monday night in the partially frozen waters of Budd Lake, was suspended Tuesday afternoon, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said.

Knapp said the New Jersey State Police Marine Service Bureau's six divers spent more than six hours searching in the icy waters on Tuesday.

"The divers who used sonar to assist them in their efforts made a total of eight dives in an attempt to recover the bodies," Knapp said. "The body of one of the young men was recovered."

Mt. Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum said at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday on his Facebook page that the body of a teen who went missing Monday night was found and pulled from the lake.

"The State Police Dive team recovered one of our lost youth. I am hopeful for the second family that we can bring some closure to this tragic event shortly," the Facebook post read.

According to Knapp, the NJSP will be returning Wednesday morning to continue the recovery efforts. 

"We extend our condolences to the families," Knapp said.

Mt. Olive Police Cpl. Eric Anthony said responders will continue to search and no one was giving up until the recovery operation was completed.

"But I haven't been out on the lake, so I can't say for certain about the timetable," Anthony said.

The area on Sandshore Road near the intersection of Budd Avenue has been an active scene since calls came in at 6:20 p.m. Monday.

Clyde Schimanski Jr., a father whose son—Clyde Schimanski III—went missing around the same time as the calls came into police, told Patch he’s “kind of in shock.”

“My son was a good kid,” Schimanski said. “He would never pull a prank like this. I realized around 6:30 (Monday night) my son was one of the ones (in the lake).”

It has not yet been released if the body recovered Tuesday afternoon was Schimanski's son.

A crew of divers continued to search throughout Monday night into Tuesday, according to Mt. Olive firefighter Doug Fenichel. Additional responders resumed their search at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Fenichel said.

“We hoped it was a hoax,” Fenichel said. “But as information came in, we realized otherwise.”

Families of the teens were held inside Budd Lake Chapel Tuesday and met with authorities and grief counselors.

“The high school is a mess today,” said Budd Lake resident Kim Maleyonok, whose daughter attends Mt. Olive High School. “Teachers are crying; students are crying in the classrooms and in the halls. Clyde (Jr.) is a sweetheart—he’d rip his heart out and give it to you. This is devastating to him.”

Greenbaum, who was at the scene Monday night, wrote on his public Facebook page just before midnight, “Once again I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain.”

Firefighters and police attempted by boat to reach the teens, who were heard screaming for help in the lake, but were unable to reach them, Fenichel said.

This is an ongoing story. Patch will update as details are made available.

Valerie Lieberman January 08, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I don't get how they were unable to reach them. Please help me understand
Paul Tulli January 08, 2013 at 07:04 PM
My prayers are with the boys and also their families.
J January 08, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Article says call came in at 6:20 pm, when it's already dark. Big lake, pitch dark--it's not easy to locate the source of a voice under those conditions.
Sharon January 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM
As I've learned from living on the lake from childhood is not to step foot on the ice until it's been at constant freezing temperature for at least 3 weeks. Although not deep, the middle is not frozen. I was really surprised to see ice boats out there this past weekend, and other activity I thought unsafe, so perhaps the kids just thought it was ok. God Bless them, and their families.
nynola January 08, 2013 at 09:07 PM
is there some type of notice by the township telling the public if it is safe to go out there? if not, shouldn't there be?
David Perkins January 08, 2013 at 09:41 PM
If there was an official notice of when the ice was safe and when it was not, then the liability falls on the person/authority that is responsible for updating the status when an accident like this happens. My deepest condolences to the families and neighbors affected by this terrible tragedy.
carol klinefelter January 08, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends and your whole community. With love, The Klinefelter family (Montville CT)
Erin C January 09, 2013 at 12:23 AM
The 1-10-1rule of cold water rescue states that you only have 1 minute to stop yourself from freaking out and then 10 minutes to save yourself from the situation. The likelihood of first responders being there within that 10 minute time frame is very slim. By the time the man heard them screaming and called 911 they were likely already in the water for at least a few minutes. And sadly us first responders (I'm an EMT but was not there) are not able to respond immediately to calls. Well, until someone invents a teleporter anyway. (I tried to link to a page about the 1-10-1 rule but it gets flagged as spam and rejects the comment. I'm sure you can google it if you want more details about it)
Sharon January 09, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Yes, there should be notification of safe or unsafe ice. But there is a discrepancy as to WHO has the say. I am not sure if this is state property or town property, past the road zone. I do not believe Mount Olive has jursidistion, in which case, who will pitch in to help me address the state?? I'll give you my contact info
nynola January 09, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I'll try to give you a hand
Long Valley resident January 09, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I'm sooooo sorry for this. I've discussed this my husband and we both have wondered if that fire house near the lake was staffed with paid personnel instead of volunteers like "EC" pointed out, would they have not been there within a very quick amount of time and possibly saved those kids...I'm sorry this has happened, God I wish it had not, but maybe this volunteer system is not working out for us.....
Tammy January 09, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I disagree that there should be "official" notice of when the ice is safe or not. First off, the nature of ice, especially on a spring fed lake, is that it could be safe in one spot and unsafe ten feet away. Secondly, who is going to take on that liability? That being said, I'm sure growing up by the lake these kids were told over and over again the dangers of going on the ice by their parents and other adults. As kids are prone to do, they didn't listen. Do you really think a sign is going to discourage them? "C'mon Bobby, the sign has been up since last Tuesday and the temperature has been 20 degrees for a week, what do they know? They probably forgot to take the sign down". Kids will be kids and unless you have somebody patrolling the lake 24/7 signs aren't going to help. My heart breaks for the families and friends of the two boys and I hope they somehow find the strength to make their way through this horribly tragedy.
Valerie Lieberman January 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM
6:20. Right. Of course. There have been so many tragedies lately, my brain is failing to process information. My prayers go out to all involved.
LVresident January 09, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Paid or volunteer, EMTs can only treat patients AFTER the patient has been secured. EMTs are neither trained nor equipped for under ice rescue. The search and rescue is done by the New Jersey State Police Marine Service Bureau.
Rob L January 09, 2013 at 11:33 AM
If there was to be a sign for safety, it would probably read STAY OFF THE LAKE. Fortunately there is no sign and we can use our own minds to decide if we want to go out on a frozen lake or take a swim in a lake with no supervision. This is an unfortunate tragic accident, but I want to decide if I should be on the lake..not a sign
Liberty January 09, 2013 at 01:58 PM
I don't understand either. They heard them yelling---flashlights and a boat, right?
jazzman January 09, 2013 at 02:09 PM
the reason they could not save these boys is no one in the rescue team even tried to walk out on that ice... they have no idea how thick the ice is,not knowing the thickness causes alot of standing around on the shore line, i wasnt there but im sure with all them fire trucks,ambulance and personal...not one person even ventured on to that ice,ive seen it many times in the last 30yrs of ice so called rescues,so much as you would think they are equipped they really have no preparation for the fast fast rescue,you venture out on that ice you better be near the shore line so they can throw you a rope,slippery conditions,and not knowing the thickness of the ice causes all these drownings,its just not what you think,just alot of personal standing around waiting for the fire boat or the screaming to stop you need 3 things for the fast reasue... knowledge or a daily report on the thickness of the ice and bad spots...ice cleats,and a rope with a loop...the ice was safe enough for the boys to walk out there so I ask myself why all the standing around in these rescues "efforts"
Laurence Orlans January 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Laurence Orlans If you want to use your mind to decide whether you'll obey a sign telling you it's not safe, then don't expect First Responders to risk their lives to save yours, when you fall through.
nynola January 09, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Why does warnings about going on the lake have to be enforced by a sign? Who said anything about signage? When people are not supposed to trespass on public property, the police are there to enforce that. So let's say the lake is deemed unsafe, why can't we have police patrolling the lake? What's the issue here? We're talking about safety. They do it at beaches when the riptides are strong. Not everything has to be divisive.
Not Domino January 09, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Good idea nynola - let's have year-round 24-hour police patrols on all lakes, rivers, and streams, as well as any other areas where someone could potentially drown or otherwise get accidentally killed. In fact, we should have 24-hour police patrols on all public and private swimming pools as well, since there is a risk of drowning in those as well. Swimming pools protected by a locked fence topped with barbed wire all the way around can be exempted.
nynola January 09, 2013 at 04:00 PM
someone is cranky today.
Hookerman January 09, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I believe the issue is jurisdiction. While the shoreline around Budd Lake is under the jurisdiction of the Mt. Olive PD, I believe the lake itself is state property, which puts it under the jurisdiction of the NJ State Marine Division. Thus, I don't think the Mt. Olive cops can enforce who can and can't go on the water (or ice). As far as the NJ Marine Police patrolling Budd Lake, I know that they hardly have the resources to patrol Lake Hopatcong, so getting any to patrol on Budd Lake would be difficult. There is also Lake Musconetcong to contend with.
casual observer January 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
jazzman - how do you know no one tried to walk out on the ice and there was a lot of standing around on the shoreline when you said you were not there? This is enough of a tragedy for the families, your statements do nothing for anyone.
12345678 January 09, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Fund set for funeral of Nick Cianciotto, who fell through Budd Lake Ice http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/01/fund_set_for_funeral_of_nick_c.html
Frazure January 09, 2013 at 07:27 PM
This was a real tragedy and my sympathy and condolences go to the families of those who perished. BUT - I for one am sick of a nanny government attempting to watch over me and govern my every move - most levels of government can't govern themselves, never mind the rest of us. How about applying a little old fashioned common sense? That's what could have averted this senseless tragedy - not more governmental intrusion in our lives and mindless misuse of our tax dollars.
nynola January 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM
I don't have time for politics. I was just trying to think of solutions. I will spend my time trying to focus on the families and donating $ for the fund.
Bill Child January 09, 2013 at 10:00 PM
A tragedy for all, and something every parent fears might happen to one of their or another's children. My brother once told me, before my wife and I had any children, but he had two, was "You can't believe how being a parent changes your perspective on life and everything. Your children become your life and if something happens to them, good or bad, you are changed." This loss, so sad, is hard for anyone to understand. If you are a parent or dedicated guardian, it is devastating to even imagine, but I only hope something positive might come from it. What? Can only imagine and hope. Condolences to family, friends and school mates. Be safe. It's a tough world but wonderful if respected. Be strong but never lose the magic.
Long Valley resident January 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM
FYI LVresident....the fire house I was talking about, houses fire trucks and my point being that its a shame fire men...not EMT's, were not at that FIRE house that night who were paid, not volunteers, who have the equipment to responded instantly, instead of it being paged out, crew members driving in their own personal vehicles with blue lights to get to the building, fire up the trucks and then pull out, hopefully with enough crew showing up so they can roll to the call. The initial search and rescue was NOT performed by the New Jersey State Police Marine Service Bureau as you state, the first responders where the fire men and the EMT's... and the Budd Lake/MT Olive fire men were the initial searches...

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