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Search called off for possible drowning victim in Tomahawk Lake

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – Authorities have called off a search for a possible drowning victim in Tomahawk Lake, located at 155 Tomahawk Trail in Byram Township, the Byram Township Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

The Byram Police, Byram Fire and Lakeland Emergency Squad were dispatched Friday night to Tomahawk Lake water park, located at  for a possible drowning, authorities said.

“A patron thought they had seen 2 people go into the lake at one point and 1 come out,” Byram Township Police Chief Kenneth Burke told RNJ.

The facilities lifeguards were already in the water performing grid searches,” authorities said.

Sparta Township Fire Department and Sparta Police were requested for their boat also the New Jersey State Police Northstar helicopter was requested to do a fly over the lake, authorities said.

Due to the uncertainty and the conflicting stories incident command requested the Morris County Dive initiative, which brought dive units from Parsippany, Boonton,  Pequannock , Lincoln Park, Pompton Plains as well as boats equipped with sonar from Mahwah Fire Department and Wyckoff Volunteer Fire Department, authorities said.

Sussex County Fire Marshals Office and Sussex County Office of Emergency Management also assisted at the scene.

“After several hours of sonar grid searches and several dives the search was called off. The matter remains under investigation,” officials said.

“Nobody had reported a family member missing but in the interest of safety a search was conducted and nothing was found,” Burke said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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