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2 ice rescues in one day in Northwest New Jersey

NEW JERSEY – Two ice rescues happened in Northwest New Jersey Thursday. One in Sussex County and the other in Morris County.

At around 1:58 a.m., Vernon Township police received a 911 call from a Barry Lakes resident that said they could hear a male calling for help, but the caller could not tell the location of the male, just that they sounded in distress, police said.

While police were enroute to investigate, they received a second 911 call from a person stating that they were awoken by a male calling for help and the caller went outside to see if he could hear where it was coming from, police said.

The caller followed the calls for help to the beach area, and told the 911 dispatcher that the person yelling for help was in the lake and was clearly in distress. The caller said the man was too far out in the lake to see him, he could only hear him, police said.

Highlands Lakes Fire Department, West Milford Fire Department Co #5, and the Vernon Township Ambulance Squad were dispatched to the scene, police said.

Vernon Police Officers Sgt. Kuzicki, Cpl. Terrill, and Ptl. Patterson arrived at the Barry Lakes beach area and were able to yell to the male, later identified as a 39 year old Barry Lakes resident, who was in the water. The officers were unable to see the man because he was too far out in the lake, police said.

The Highland Lakes Fire Department arrived on scene and two fireman put on ice protective gear and entered the water with a rescue rope. The two fireman made their way out to the male, and secured the rescue rope to him. Sgt. Kuzicki, Cpl. Terrill, Ptl. Patterson and several members of the fire department pulled him and one of the fireman to shore, police said.

The man was carried to the awaiting Vernon Township Ambulance and assessed for hypothermia. He was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Warwick, NY.

The second ice rescue occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m.in Denville Township.

Several members of the Denville Township police department rescued two adults and their dog after falling through the ice at Cedar Lake.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook