The report of a drowning in the Boonton Reservoir Tuesday turned out to be a false alarm but drew a large response.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Deputy Police Chief Richard Pantina told New Jersey 101.5 they received a report from a passing driver about someone walking on a wall in the reservoir along Route 46.

Officers did not find anyone on or near the wall. But their work was not done.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we conducted a search of the area in case they had fallen into the reservoir," Pantina said Wednesday.

The operation included fire crews, rescue and recovery teams, Morris County Emergency Management and a helicopter. They did not find anything.

"We have no new reports of any missing people," Pantina said.

Map showing Booton Reservoir
Map showing Booton Reservoir (Google Maps)

No swimming allowed

The Boonton Reservoir is a 700-acre body of water that is the Jersey City's primary source of tap water. A nature preserve and 7-mile trail go around the reservoir but fishing, swimming, biking and boating are not permitted

There have been over a dozen reported drownings at New Jersey beaches, public and private pools and lakes since April.

The most recent was a man whose body was recovered from the Delaware River near the D&R Canal State Park and Route 295 Scudders Fall Bridge in Ewing, according to State Park Police. The identity of the man has not yet been confirmed.

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