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Three Fall Through Ice At Monksville Reservoir, One Reported In Cardiac Arrest

The Monksville Reservoir Bridge spans the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood.
The Monksville Reservoir Bridge spans the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson

UPDATE: A Hawthorne man who fell into the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood while apparently ice fishing Friday afternoon died a short time later, authorities said.

Robert R. Trojanowski, 54, was taken by ambulance to Chilton Hospital in Pequannock, as were two Ringwood police officers who jumped in to save him.

Trojanowski fell through the icy lake about 100 feet from shore in the Long Pond Ironworks State Park sometime around 2 p.m., responders said.

Two Ringwood police officers went after him before all three were pulled out by colleagues from Ringwood and West Milford, they said.

The incident two days after two teenage boys -- David Tillberg, 15, of Carteret and 13-year-old Yusef Khela of East Brunswick -- died in separate falls through thin ice.

The deaths brought a plea from Gov. Phil Murphy: “Please stay off and away from frozen lakes and ponds," he tweeted. "No ice is safe ice.”

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ORIGINAL STORY: One of three people who fell through ice on Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood Friday afternoon went into cardiac arrest, responders said.

A medical chopper initially was summoned for that victim, then cancelled, after he'd fallen through about 100 feet from shore at the Beech Road boat ramp in the Long Pond Ironworks State Park sometime before 2 p.m.

All three were taken by ambulance to Chilton Hospital in Pequannock, responders said.

Their conditions couldn't immediately be determined.

The incident two days after two teenage boys -- David Tillberg, 15, of Carteret and 13-year-old Yusef Khela of East Brunswick -- died in separate falls through thin ice.

The deaths brought a plea from Gov. Phil Murphy: “Please stay off and away from frozen lakes and ponds," he tweeted. "No ice is safe ice.”

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