Dive teams recovered the bodies of two teens who drowned in Ramapo Lake late Tuesday after they were apparently swept away as strong thunderstorms passed through the region, authorities said.
The incident claimed the lives of a 17-year-old girl from Livingston and a 17-year-old boy from Newark, state officials said. Their names have not been released.
Oakland Mayor Linda Schwager said Wednesday morning that it appears the girl was initially in the lake and got into trouble. The other teen jumped in to help her.
“It’s what we’re hearing (from the police) but it’s still early on and everything is sketchy right now,” she said.
Police had said the two may have been part of a large group of young adults gathered at the lake in the early evening.
“It’s very peaceful and it looks very tranquil. But we had a storm that came through about 6:30 and that may have exacerbated everything,” the mayor said.
Ramapo Lake is a 120-acre freshwater lake in Ramapo State Forest on the border of Bergen and Passaic counties and is patrolled by state park police.