MINE HILL, NJ – The bodies of two swimmers who vanished on Tuesday at Mine Hill Beach in Morris County were recovered by search and rescue teams Tuesday night, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
“On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 5:23 pm, Morris County EMS was in the parking lot of the Mine Hill Beach, 100 Green Road in Mine Hill. EMS personnel were approached by a group who stated that two individuals went into the water at the sand pits and never came out. The subjects were identified as 17 & 22 year old Hispanic males,” Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker and Morris County Sheriff James Gannon said in a joint press statement.
POlice said Morris County EMS immediately contacted the Morris County Communications Center to alert police, fire, and EMS.
“An immediate search of the area was conducted that was met with negative results,” police said.
A multi-agency effort was conducted by the Wharton Police Department; Mine Hill Fire Department; Morris County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Unit; Morris County Prosecutors Office; Morris County Office of Emergency Management; Roxbury Police Department; and Randolph Police Department.
“An intensive search of the lake area where the subjects were last seen was immediately commenced using divers from responding police and EMS personnel, however the search was complicated due to tangled vegetation below the water surface,” police said. “After hours of searching, one body was recovered, and a second body subsequently recovered.”
At this time, authorities have not released the names of the victims pending notification of next of kin.