Cries of grief heard from chapel after body of one of 2 lost teens is pulled from New Jersey 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.

1 Comment

  • peter

    How terrible . My prayers are with all of your families :

    Death is nothing at all
    I have only slipped away into the next room
    I am I and you are you
    Whatever we were to each other
    That we are still
    Call me by my old familiar name
    Speak to me in the easy way you always used
    Put no difference into your tone
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
    Laugh as we always laughed
    At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Without the ghost of a shadow in it
    Life means all that it ever meant
    It is the same as it ever was
    There is absolute unbroken continuity
    What is death but a negligible accident?
    Why should I be out of mind
    Because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you for an interval
    Somewhere very near
    Just around the corner
    All is well.

    God Bless Peter U.K.

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