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Teens fall into New Jersey lake

Two teenage boys plunged into a Morris County lake Monday evening. The body of one of the boys was recovered Tuesday afternoon.

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Nick Cianciotto

The body of Nick Cianciotto was recovered from Budd Lake Tuesday afternoon.

In Mount Olive, N.J,  two grieving families are preparing to bury their teens.

The two friends died after falling thru an icy lake. Today, officials expressed sympathy for the families.

Both teens were fishing at the time — when the ice cracked.

The second missing body has been recovered from a frozen New Jersey lake, after two teens fell through the ice Monday.

Searchers recovered the body of 15-year-old Clyde Schimanski III from the freezing water around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The body of Schimanski’s friend, 14-year-old Nick Ciancotto, was found Tuesday afternoon.

Clyde Schimanski III

The body of Clyde Schimanski III was recovered from the lake Wednesday.

Around 6:19 p.m. Monday, police received multiple calls reporting cries for help coming from the ice over Budd Lake.

Nick Cianciotto

The body of Nick Cianciotto was recovered from Budd Lake Tuesday afternoon.

“Thank God that we finally have closure for the second family,” Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum tweeted Wednesday.

According to reports, the boys had been riding bicycles at the time of the accident, when the ice began to crack beneath them.  Witnesses call 9-1-1, but by the time rescuers reached the lake they were unable to find the boys in the darkness.

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“imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die,” Clyde Schimanski Jr. said about his son.

Clyde’s stepmother, Lynn O’Brien, who had raised the boy since he was 8 years old, was distraught Tuesday when one son came home and the other did not.“I tell them all the time, all the time, ‘Don’t go on the lake,’ but Clyde told me I can stand up it’s so shallow.”

Those were the last words she exchanged with her stepson before he fell through thin ice on the Morris County Lake Monday evening.

Locals say the ice on the lake is deceptive.  Amanda Shaw who graduated from Mt. Olive High weighed in on the tragedy.  “I do think the boys were mislead.  There was an ATV on the lake, people playing hockey and ice skating.  They wanted to go and have their own fun they didn’t think it was going to happen to them.”

Betty Marcus, who’s lived at Budd Lake for nearly a decade said there are no safety measures in place, that all those who ice fish or use the lake do so at their own risk.  She saw the two boys on bikes Monday having fun, but it gave her a sense of unease.  “When I looked out on the lake and saw the birds and the water moving I thought, ‘I wouldn’t be out on the lake.’”

Friends and families have been gathering at a candlelight vigil at Budd Lake Chapel on Sand Shore Rd. waiting for news of the missing boys.

Budd Lake does not have any signs warning to stay off the ice, nor any official town agency to determine if it is even safe to be on the lake.  As one resident described it, it’s a “use at your risk” proposition.

New Jersey State Police called off their search for a missing Budd Lake boy after divers spend hours under the ice.  The Schimanski family is still holding vigil, waiting for the body of 15 year old Clyde Schimanski, III to be recovered.

Clyde, Jr., and his former wife Lori stood on the steps of the Budd Lake Chapel, surrounded by friends looking out at the icy lake as the sun set just as the younger Clyde’s girlfriend of three months came up in tears with her parents to hug her boyfriend’s family.

“It’s the first time we’ve met Shelby’s parents,” Schimanksi said.  “She had Clyde on the right track.  He was going to be a good boy with her around.”

Nick Cianciotto

The body of Nick Cianciotto was recovered from Budd Lake Tuesday afternoon.

Shelby and her parents came with a small memorial to place by the lake.  “Stay Positive” was the message surrounding a picture of the boy who loved to ride motorcross and BMX bikes.  They lit a small candle at the base.

“I spoke with him after school.  I guess he decided to go out on the lake around 5:30 yesterday.  By 6:30 he’d fallen through the ice,” explained Schimanski.

Clyde Schimanski III

The body of Clyde Schimanski III has not been recovered from the lake.

He said police had recovered the body of Clyde’s friend Nick Cianciotto from the shallow lake, believed to be six to eight feet deep.

Two other boys had been with the pair that fell through the ice, but chose to stay off the lake.  The father believed his son and Cianciotto rode their bikes out to ice fish.  A backpack full of fishing gear was recovered with the first boy’s body.

Clyde’s stepmother, Lynn O’Brien, who had raised the boy since he was 8 years old, was distraught when one son came home and the other did not.

 Budd Lake tragedy

Clyde’s stepmother, who had raised the boy since he was 8 years old,  grieves at the lake on Tuesday.

“I tell them all the time, all the time, ‘Don’t go on the lake,’ but Clyde told me I can stand up it’s so shallow.”

Those were the last words she exchanged with her stepson before he fell through thin ice on the Morris County Lake Monday evening.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Frederic Knapp briefed reporters midday.

“One body has been found.  State Police are continuing efforts to locate the second boy.”

Mt. Olive Mayor Robert Greenburg expressed the sentiments of the town. “I have condolences for the family that lost their child today.  The entire community grieves with them.  I have condolences for the second family and hope their child is found shortly.”

Police were called to the lake about 6 p.m. Monday evening by a local who attempted to rescue the two boys after hearing cries for help.  He even saw the glow from a cell phone screen, but cracking ice sent him back to the safety of the shoreline.  Locals say the ice on the lake is deceptive.

Amanda Shaw who graduated from Mt. Olive High weighed in on the tragedy.  “I do think the boys were mislead.  There was an ATV on the lake, people playing hockey and ice skating.  They wanted to go and have their own fun they didn’t think it was going to happen to them.”

Betty Marcus, who’s lived at Budd Lake for nearly a decade said there are no safety measures in place, that all those who ice fish or use the lake do so at their own risk.  She saw the two boys on bikes Monday having fun, but it gave her a sense of unease.  “When I looked out on the lake and saw the birds and the water moving I thought, ‘I wouldn’t be out on the lake.’”

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People grieve at the lakeside vigil for the teens who fell into Budd Lake in Morris County, N.J.

The close-knit New Jersey community of Budd Lake is in mourning Tuesday after police recovered the body of teenager Nick Cianciotto from the lake where he and his friend fell through the ice Monday evening.

The family of Clyde Schiamanski III was keeping their lakeside vigil in the hopes divers would soon find his body.

Lake recovery

Authorities on Tuesday look for the two teens who fell into Budd Lake.

The body was  pulled from the lake at 1:45 p.m, police confirmed, but authorities did not release the identity. The body was removed by divers to an air boat and driven ashore.

Moments later, family members gathered inside Budd Lake Chapel to receive the news. Cries could be heard from several family members, while others hastily made phone calls to inform those not holding vigil by the shore.

One longtime resident saw two boys on bikes Monday in the spot where police are now concentrating their search.  She described how many enjoyed the day on the partially frozen lake Monday, whether on an all-terrain vehicle, playing hockey or just walking across the ice.

New Jersey lake

“Imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die,” Clyde Schimanski Jr. said about his son.

A former Mt. Olive High School graduate said classmates are shocked over the loss of two of their own.  The young woman said she had planned to enjoy the frozen lake as well Monday, but chose to stay on land at her mother’s urging that it was not yet safe to venture onto the too-thin ice.

Budd Lake does not have any signs warning to stay off the ice, nor any official town agency to determine if it is even safe to be on the lake.  As one resident described it, it’s a “use at your risk” proposition.

New Jersey lake

“imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die,” Clyde Schimanski Jr. said about his son.

A New Jersey dad said his son died a “horrible death” in a New Jersey lake, where his son and another boy disappeared Monday.

A body Tuesday afternoon has been pulled from the lake,  according to a report, while the search continues for a second teenager who disappeared into Budd Lake.

“Imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die,” Clyde Schimanski  Jr. told the Star Ledger, about the death of his son, Clyde Schimanski III. “He died a horrible death.”

Police, fire and rescue teams resumed the search for the boys at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the  Morris County lake Monday night, according to Mt. Olive police. The boy’s body was found around 1 p.m. Tuesday

Around 6:19 p.m. Monday, multiple people called 911 reporting someone calling for help from the ice on the lake.   Responders broke through roughly 100 feet of ice where they believed the victims were, but were unable to find either of the missing teens.

During the search state police helicopters circled the lake while responders below used flashlights to try and spot any bodies below the ice.

It is not clear what the two missing teenagers were doing on the ice.

Police, fire and rescue teams are still searching for two teens who fell through the ice over a Morris County lake Monday night, according to Mt. Olive police.

Around 6:19 p.m. multiple people called 9-11 reporting someone calling for help from the ice on Budd Lake.   Responders broke through roughly 100 ft. of ice where they believed the victims were, but were unable to find either of the missing teens.

The search was called off late Monday and started up again at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to authorities.IceBroke

During the search state police helicopters circled the lake while responders below used flashlights to try and spot any bodies below the ice.

It is not clear what the two missing teenagers were doing on the ice.

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