Two Drown at Mine Hill Beach, Major Emergency Response
On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 5:23 pm, Morris County EMS was in the parking lot of Mine Hill Beach, 100 Green Road in Mine Hill.
EMS personnel were approached by a group stating that two individuals had gone into the water at the sand pits and never came out. The two individuals were identified as 17- and 22-year-old Hispanic males.
Morris County EMS then contacted the Morris County Communications Center to alert police, fire, and EMS. A search of the area was conducted that was met with negative results.
There was a massive emergency response. The following agencies were deployed to the Mine Hill Beach area to assist with the search:
- 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.
- Roxbury Fire Department;
- Parsippany Rescue and Recovery;
- Picatinny Arsenal Fire Department;
- Boonton Fire Department;
- Rockaway Fire Department;
- East Hanover Fire PD;
- Bergen County Search and Rescue;
- Saint Clare’s EMS;
- Morris County EMS;
- Rockaway First Aid;
- Lyndhurst Fire Department/Dive Team;
- Wallington Fire Department/Dive Team;
- Ringwood Fire Department/Dive Team;
- Mahwah Fire Department/Dive Team;
- NJSP North Star Helicopter;
- Wykoff Fire Department/Dive Team; and
- Oradell Fire Department/Dive Team.
An intensive search of the lake area where the two individuals 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.
After hours of searching, one body was recovered, and a second body subsequently recovered. Additional identifying information is pending further investigation and notification to family members and will not be released at this time.
This incident is the ninth drowning in New Jersey since last week. In Cape May County, three people drowned in two weeks. In Bayonne on June 8th, two brothers, ages 19 and 16, drowned in the Lincoln Community School pool.
On Monday, June 13, a 24-year-old man drowned at Belmar Beach, and a 59-year-old woman drowned at Island Beach State Park, according to authorities.
Last week a 35-year-old male died after being pulled from an Ocean County lake – the victim and two other men were trying to swim across Harry Wright Lake in Manchester Township when the victim began to struggle.
In May, a 15-year-old drowned while swimming at the Great Notch Reservoir in Woodland Park.
Learn more about water safety from the Red Cross.