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Fisherman dies after rescue from fall through ice

In water for at least an hour

State Police say an ice fisherman is dead after falling through the ice Thursday, Feb. 9 on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle.

Wayne Alexander, a 62-year-old man from Grand Isle, was pronounced dead at University of Vermont Medical Center.

He was located after a search Thursday night and brought by ambulance to UVMMC.

State police learned that the man left his home to go ice fishing shortly before noon Thursday. When he failed to return as expected by around 6 p.m., a relative went to look for him. The relative located his truck parked in the fishing access at Grand Isle State Park at about 8:30 p.m. and called emergency crews.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and included the Vermont State Police, Grand Isle and South Hero fire departments, the Grand Isle Sheriff’s Department, and the AmCare rescue squad. Following a search, emergency crews located Alexander in the water at about 9:30 p.m. He was wearing a flotation suit. Crews brought the victim to shore, and he was then taken to UVMMC.

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