- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is imploring people to stay off frozen waterways following the death of an ice fisherman.

Game wardens say the ice has deteriorated to unsafe levels across the state with the record warm temperatures, wind and rain.

The department says the ice may appear thick but is structurally weak and melting from underneath.

Authorities say ice fisherman Kenneth Gaudette of Shelburne died Wednesday after falling through the ice on Shelburne Pond. A game warden, who tried to rescue him, also fell through the ice and had to be rescued. The department says the warden was briefly hospitalized for hypothermia.

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