Body Of Second Teen, Clyde Schimanski, Pulled From Budd Lake In Mount Olive
MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The body of a second teenager was recovered from an icy Morris County lake on Wednesday.
Divers found 15-year-old Clyde Schimanski a day after searchers found the body of Nick Cianciotto.
The discovery came after a daylong search.
Authorities said the teens fell through the ice on Budd Lake in Mount Olive on Monday night after going fishing.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the deaths of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III and Clyde Frederick Schimanski III, both of whom were 15 years old. The young men were deeply loved by their families and friends. The entire Morris County community mourns their loss,” Acting Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said Wednesday.
Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum said the entire town is grieving with the two families.
“I have condolences for the family that lost their child today,” Greenbaum said in a news conference Tuesday. “The entire community grieves with them.”
Friends of Cianciotto told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello he talked about ice fishing at school hours before the tragedy.
“He like drew a whole diagram of how he was going to make a hook and everything. I told him it would be stupid to go out on the ice when it was 50 degrees, melting,” Paul Sarya told Aiello.
The father of Schimanski told both 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck and WCBS 880′s Sean Adams that Clyde apparently rode his bike out on the ice to try to rescue Cianciotto.
“There were people saying Clyde was out there and he saw the kid go through the ice and Clyde went to save him on his bicycle and then they both went in. And then people from the shore heard them screaming,” he said. “He’s just a great kid. I’m going to miss him a lot.”
Schimanski’s stepmother, Lynn O’Brien, said she recently warned Clyde about the lake.
“Clyde told me, ‘Oh but I can stand up, it’s so shallow,’” O’Brien said. “No. I told him when there’s a break in the ice, you can’t you lose your way out of there, can’t find your way back up. I just told him on Friday.”
Billy O’Brien refused to join his two friends, telling CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider, “I even walked out a little bit and I could feel the ice was starting to get weaker, so I said, ‘no, this isn’t going to work. I’m going home.’”
He said Schimanski and Cianciotto called to him from the middle of the lake, telling him to walk hundreds of feet out to join them for ice fishing.
“I was like no, dude. I don’t trust this ice,” Billy O’Brien said.
Police said the boys fell into the water around 6 p.m. on Monday. People near the lake said they will never forget hearing them cry for help.
“‘Help, help, help!’ A young kid’s voice screaming for help, and it was pretty heartbreaking,” said Matt Stanchak.
Both boys were students at Mount Olive High School.
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