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Photo of Nick Cianciotto the Mount Olive Highschool who drowned after falling through a sheet of ice on Budd Lake in Flander, NJ

Northern New Jersey residents, Melissa Phelam and Kim Maleyonok set up the fund campaign to help the parents of Nick Cianciotto with funeral expenses. They had set up the fund so that a check will be issued directly to Schimanski’s father, Clyde Schimanski Jr.

If you would like to donate to the family members, please click Memory of Nick Cianciotto to be directed to the campaign page, which will end on February 9, 2013

Maleyonok and Phelam had also set up a fund titled in Loving Memory of Clyde Schimanski, which reached it’s financial goal, so has since been shut down, with the website reading “as enough money has been collected to pay the funeral expenses of Clyde, we have shut down the page.”

According to NJ.COM, the fund was set-up Tuesday and by 8p.m. that night, had raised about $75. A little more than an hour later, it was up to nearly $750. By midnight, about $4,400 and continued to blossom.

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski III

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski Jr, the father of Clyde Schimanski III, speaking to reporters hours before his missing son was found in Budd Lake

 

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UPDATE: 01/09/13 FLANDERS, NEW JERSEY — Photos of Clyde Schimanski III and Nick Cianciotto released:

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Rescue workers located the body of Clyde Schimanski III (above) one day after locating the body of Nick Cianciotto (below.)

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Loved ones gathered at a local church where they were told the devastating news that both teenagers were recovered from Lake Budd.

‘I lost my son,’ Laurie Halloran, the mother of missing 15-year-old Clyde told the New York Daily News. ‘I feel numb.’

Family and friend’s also gathered at the lake to comfort each other and mourn the two losses.

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Friends and family gathered at Budd Lake (pictured) to comfort one another

Students at Mount Olive Highschool told CBS reporters that Nick Cianciotto had spoken about Ice fishing on Monday morning, hours before he tragically fell through the icy lake.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the deaths of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto III and Clyde Frederick Schimanski III, both of whom were 15 years old. The young men were deeply loved by their families and friends. The entire Morris County community mourns their loss,” Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a statement on Wed Jan 9, 2013.

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Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been regularly leaving updates regarding the tragedy and letting the families know that the whole town is grieving with them.

“I have condolences for the family that lost their child today,” Greenbaum said in a news conference earlier today. “The entire community grieves with them.”

01/08/13 UPDATE – MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — A body was located in Budd Lake earlier today, after hours of searching for two missing teens who fell through the ice at Budd Lake in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Authorities haven’t publically identified which victim had been recovered and are waiting for a positive identification.

Meanwhile, the father of one of the victims, Clyde Schimanski, who shares the same name as his son Clyde Schimanski Jr, told Star-Ledger: ‘Imagine screaming and knowing you’re going to die. He died a horrible death.’ — He went on to say his son’s death was part of God’s plan. ‘God works in mysterious ways,’  he said.

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Photo of Clyde Schimanski receiving a hug from a friend after body of one of the teenagers is recovered

The mother of Nick Cianciotto had said she told her son to “be care” as he headed out to Budd Lake

NJ Mayor Robert Greenbaum has been posted about the tragedy on Facebook, saying he believes the victims had gone to Budd Lake to ice-fish. He later posted an update warning the public that the chances of a successful recovery was unlikely.

‘Once again I am sad to report that we likely lost two young adults in Mount Olive this evening. May God bless their families and help ease their pain.’ he said.

It appears everyone has the same assumption, with one online-user even creating a memorial page earlier today titled  In Memory Of Clyde Schimanski & Nick Cianciotto which has already gained 1,466 ‘likes’ to honor the two boys.

Comments and posts on Nick Cianciotto’s Facebook page show that he was a typical, outgoing teenager who enjoyed hanging out friends. It also listed the Mount Olive Highschool student as currently in a relationship.

The Facebook of Clyde Schimanski is set to private but shows the teen smiling in a photo with a woman standing besides him.

This photo showing lit candles was posted as the default photo on the memorial page

01/08/13 MOUNT OLIVE, NJ — Search for two missing Mount Olive teenagers who fell through an icy lake last night called off

Firefighters, police, and cold water divers continue to search Budd Lake for two missing teenagers who fell through thin ice while at Budd Lake in Northern New Jersey last night.

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Rescuers have been searching Budd Lake since last night after two missing Northern New Jersey teenagers fell through the ice

According to reports, Nick Ciancotto, 14 and Clyde Schimanski, 15, rode their bikes to Budd Lake early yesterday evening. At approximately 6:30pm the ice beneath Ciancotto started to crack and he shouted for help. Shimanski then rode his bike onto the ice to try to save his friend and after riding a good distance into the lake, the two fell through.

Witnesses heard frantic screams shouting “help me, don’t let me die!” — they rushed to the scene and noticed the two teen’s frantically struggling. One of the witnesses attempted to walk on the ice and save the boys but when he reached about 700ft he heard the ice beneath him starting to crack and rushed off.  The hysterical boys were pleading to the witnesses for help, saying they didn’t want to die and the witnesses were consoling them and let them know rescuers were on their way.

William Hardy, a 25-year-old local resident who lives in a house off the lake told Star-Ledger that he was out on his front porch with his house mate when he heard the panicked screams and immediately dialed 9-1-1, grabbed a flashlight and  rushed down to the lake where he spotted a blue light which quickly sank beneath the water. He believes it was a cellphone belonging to one of the victims.

First crew rescuers showed up and by this point, the teens were nowhere in sight. They’ve been searching the freezing lake since, breaking through over 100 feet of ice but have found no sign of the teenagers thus far and today authorities were treating the search as a recovery rather than a rescue.

Shortly after the incident, the Mayor of Mount Olive, Robert Greenbaum posted a statement on Facebook about the tragedy and saying that he believed the two teenagers, who were both students at Mount Olive High School, went to the lake to ice fish. He went on to say that “The lake is not guarded in any way.”

The father of Clyde Schimanski is holding out hope although he doesn’t believe the outcome will be successful.

‘It hurts my heart. Until they pull him out, I’ll…hold tight. I want to know they find him.‘ said Mr. Schimanski.

A New Jersey State Police helicopter flew overhead shining lights into the dark waters of the lake before the search was eventually called off.