MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Crews spent hours searching the waters of Budd Lake in Morris County on Monday night, but were unable to find two teenage boys who went missing after falling through the ice.
The search was called off until Tuesday morning at the lake, which is about 48 miles northwest of New York City, near the Pennsylvania line.
The boys went about 200 yards out onto the lake, walking on ice that appeared to be safe and secure as recently as Sunday, police said.
The last task rescuers accomplished Monday night was breaking up 100 feet of ice in an attempt to find the two missing boys.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, police said they received calls of people in the water screaming for help at 6:19 p.m. Two nearby residents also heard calls for help and got into a boat to help the two teenage boys, who were in the water.
Initially, police said four people were missing, but only the two teens were actually missing – the other two initially reported missing were the attempted rescuers, who returned safely in the boat.
The search was considered a recovery effort late Monday night.