UPDATE: Police Find Body of Man Who Drowned in Ramapo Reservation Lake
Woman lost sight of her boyfriend when the two went swimming in a restricted lake at the reservation, police said
Bergen County Police located the body of a man in his mid-20’s who was swimming illegally in the upper lake at the Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Robert Abrahamsen confirmed.
The body was located at about 4:55 p.m., he said. “I am not sure how the body was located, whether it was with the [county’s new underwater search] robot, or by a diver,” Abrahamsen said.
At about 2:44 p.m. Thursday, police received a 911 call from a woman in her mid-20’s reporting that she and her boyfriend had swam across the upper lake, BCPD Lt. Jim Mullin said. “She said that she had made it to the other side, but when she got there she didn’t see him.”
The county’s Water Search and Recovery team conducted a water search in the MacMillan Reservoir Thursday afternoon, Mullin said. The search began as a “rescue” but changed to a “recovery” during the over two-hour search, he said.
The identity of the man was not immediately released pending notification of his family members, police said.
According to Mullin, the couple was swimming in a restricted lake that does not allow swimmers. “They apparently ignored the posted signs,” he said.
Mahwah Police and Ambulance Corps responded to the incident as well.