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UPDATE: Bodies Of Teen Ramapo Lake Drowning Victims Recovered

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UPDATE: The bodies of a 17-year-old boy and girl from Essex County who drowned in Ramapo Lake in Oakland during Tuesday evening's storm were both recovered hours later, responders said.

Matthew Poole and Isabella Brodsky were about to become seniors at Livingston High School.

“They were swimming when the storm hit," a law enforcement official told Daily Voice. "The boy went in to save the girl."

Poole's body was recovered just before 9 p.m., nearly three hours after going under, he said. Brodsky's was found an hour or so later.

Several dive teams responded to a staging area on Skyline Drive in Oakland, which has access to the lake along a dirt trail. They included Ringwood, Oradell, Wallington, Lyndhurst and Mahwah, as well as State Police.

The two victims apparently had been with a group who'd been swimming in a prohibited area of the state park.

"With that storm we had, the water moves fast," one responder told Daily Voice.

The lake is part of Ramapo Mountain State Forest. Much of it is in Oakland, with the southernmost part in Wanaque near Route 287.

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