UPDATE: Search for Missing Hopatcong Swimmer to Resume Today
The New Jersey State Police continue to search for Avinash Kuna, 32, from Parsippany, N.J., who was reported as a distressed swimmer in Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township, Morris County.
According to a statement released from the Nj State Police, on Saturday at approximately 10:51 a.m., troopers from the Marine Services Bureau responded to Henderson Cove on Lake Hopatcong in an attempt to locate a missing swimmer.
According to witnesses, Kuna was in a pontoon boat with three friends when he entered the water voluntarily and began to have trouble staying afloat. Attempts to pull Kuna to safety were unsuccessful as he submerged in the water and did not re-surface.
Officials say Marine Services Bureau troopers used side scan sonar sub-surface detection equipment to aid in locating the victim. Assisting in the search were State Police Aviation, Missing Persons, and T.E.A.M.S. Units as well as Jefferson Fire Department. The recovery efforts continued through the weekend, but were met with no results.
The search resumed this morning at approximately 9:00 a.m. with troopers from the Canine Unit assisting.