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 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 [, 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.

Andy Schmidt September 16, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Cheryl - you seem to think that the Mayor answers 911 calls? This is a County Park and thus policed by the BCPD! The leadership at the County Police then has to make quick decisions. To them, the state of their OWN dive unit is a known entity (they know their ready-status, who is already on duty and who can be alerted, the type/extend/frequency/recency of training for its members, ) - so I'm not surprised they would activate their own team immediately, and then assess whether any municipal resources are needed. I don't think the newspaper reports supply enough information to know all the factors that went into County's decision.
Ed September 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Unknown cause. Was he on drugs, alcohol, suffer a stroke, heart attack etc. You need a definitive cause of death for the death certificate and, in a case like this, it would be pure speculation on why the young man died. A supposedly accomplished swimmer doesn't just drown when another swimming partner (accomplished?) makes it to the other side. Interesting isn't it Andy that today's Record reported that an autopsy WILL BE PERFORMED! Doesn't take a genius to know why.
Andy Schmidt September 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Thanks, Ed. I don't know the current policies in Bergen County, that's why I asked for your insight. As far as the public's interest, it would suffice to know that it was accidental, no contagion was suspected,etc. - the rest is a private matter. So the M.E. might have just confirmed a manner (drowning). Of course, the family might have an interest to learn more - but sometimes loved ones don't share the public's curiosity in times like this, and see no need to request a more in-depth study. Anyway, I saw the article this morning as well.
Chris September 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I read that they used sonar to locate the body.
Ed September 20, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Andy, I agree with you concerning the public's curiosity and that it should remain private; be that as it may...


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