MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - The Alternative Press is on the scene in the Budd Lake area of Mount Olive Township, where yesterday evening, a call came in at about 6:30 p.m., reporting people fell through the icy waters of Budd Lake.
Originally a rescue effort, and now a recovery effort, the State Police is now handling the recovery, and other units are on the scene, including the Morris County Command Center, the Mount Olive Police Department, and the Budd Lake Fire Department.
New York City news outlets, including WABC and WNBC are at the site, and News 12 New Jersey, as well as helicopters from the respective news agencies flying overhead, as members of the news media and public, wait for answers.
The Alternative Press spoke to Budd Lake Fire Department's chief, Brad Evans, who said, "Since it's been turned over to recovery, it's more police than fire. We are standing by here to help."
After the call was dispatched, and changed from rescue to recovery, Evans added, "We've had crews here since then."
Two Sussex County Fire Departments, Byram Township and Stanhope Borough, originally were in Mount Olive for the rescue efforts yesterday night.
The story was first reported as two adults and three children, with one recovery yesterday evening, and is now being stated as a pair of teens who were on the ice, with no recoveries.
Family members of the teens, and friends are on the scene, including the mother of one of the children, who identified herself as Laurie Crane.
She has heard her son, Clyde Schimanski, age 15, was ice fishing yesterday with a child being identified as Nick Cianciotto, age 14, and that when Cianciotto fell through the ice, Schimanski attempted to help, and also fell through.
"He never went out on the lake," Crane said, and indicated it was 10 p.m. yesterday, and she still had not heard from her son.
She said Schimanski was last seen wearing black skinny jeans, and a purple sweatshirt.
"I love ice skating, and, I wouldn't go out there," Crane said.
Armando Alfano, who described himself as "born and raised in Budd Lake," and that he was a member of the rescue squad, said it is unusual to fall through the ice on the lake, and for anyone to even be far out, especially children.
"You don't see the kids go out far, they're usually sitting along the shoreline," he added.
"Nothing's confirmed at this point," said Evans, when The Alternative Press asked for further details.
The Alternative Press will continue to provide details when available.
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