FOUND: Missing Boater Body has been Recovered on Lake Hopatcong

Photo Credit to Dan Gunderman

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As the Lake Hopatcong search was getting ready to enter its full second day of operations, the body of a young male boater has been found.

Update: Recovered Lake Hopatcong Boater identified as Jason Gill, 24, of Mount Arlington

According to a local resident that was onsite, the body was just found at approximately 7:40 AM in Front of the Main Street Market, which is where the incident occurred. The body was removed from the Fire Boat House area.

What we still Don’t Know:

Identity of Man: Only that he is 24 years old, according to State Police. Otherwise, no additional information has been released. It is reported that other people on the boat were the first to call 911.

What Happened: The media only has limited information as to what or how it happened. We do know that Young Male Boater was on a pontoon boat, but we don’t know if he jumped or fell into the water.

Initial Information:

On Saturday, August 3, 2019 at approximately 7:45 PM Emergency teams were notified of suspected passenger overboard and in the water on Lake Hopatcong.

Jefferson Police Department, Jefferson Fire Department, State Police, EMS were on the scene within minutes searching 40-50 feet off the dock of Main Lake Market.

After the first hour of the search the request for the Morris County Dive Team and NJSP NorthStar (sonar) was requested, which normally indicates the rescue has turned into a recovery event.

Present at the scene of Main Lake Market was Dan Gunderman a Lake Hopatcong resident, and his fiancée, who stated two eyewitnesses said the "Young Male fell from front of a pontoon."

According to State Police, ““The male entered the water from a vessel, but we can’t confirm if he fell from it this time” said State Police Trooper Alejandro Goez.

Search efforts ended early on Saturday evening due to Lightening and poor visibility but are expected to start-up first thing Sunday Morning.

 

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