Authorities search New Jersey frozen lake for missing teens

    12:28 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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    MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS/WCBS) - From Chopper 2 HD you can see rescuers working to break up 100 feet of ice on Budd Lake trying to find the two missing teenagers. Neighbors on shore could only watch and cry.

    Just before 6:30 Monday night calls came into 911 saying there were people in the water. Two neighbors say they heard the victims crying for help and they tried to get in a boat and find them but couldn't. Police called in a dive team.

    Fred Knapp, acting Morris County prosecutor says, "We called special crews from several towns. Boats and divers were deployed. So far we've been unable to find anyone at this time."

    People who live near the lake say it was frozen enough over the weekend to accommodate crowds of people.

    Neighbors say both boys are students at Mount Olive High School. It's not clear exactly what they were doing on the lake. The mayor says he thinks they were ice fishing, a popular winter activity here.

    Mount Olive mayor Robert Greenbaum says, "It's not something which is guarded. It's a natural lake and people use the facility, the lake to do whatever is appropriate during the season and I can tell you that's probably what happened."

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