- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

ISLE LA MOTTE, Vt. (AP) - Three ice fishermen on Vermont’s Lake Champlain had to make their way back to shore after the ice they were on broke free from the shore in Isle La Motte.

The Burlington Free Press reports (bfpne.ws/1RWwrcT) that rescuers confirm the three made it back to shore on their own Saturday morning. They say the fishermen had been stranded for about 10-15 minutes.

The three received medical evaluations at the scene.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials this week implored people to stay off frozen waterways following the death of an ice fisherman in Shelburne on Wednesday.

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

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