Vermont State Police say two fishermen died after falling through the ice Saturday morning on Lake Champlain in South Hero. The two men were in an enclosed UTV vehicle out on the ice when they broke through. Police identified the two brothers as John Fleury, 71, of Williamstown, and Wayne Fleury, 88, of East Montpelier. John Fleury was pulled out of the water, and transported to the UVM Medical Center where he later died. Wayne Fleury was located still inside the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Vermont Fish and Wildlife says the ice conditions are now considered unsafe and are advising the public to stay off Lake Champlain. On Thursday, Wayne Alexander, 62, also fell through the ice and died while fishing at Grand Isle State Park. Officials from Vermont Fish and Wildlife say it’s crucial that people stay off the ice because if you fall through, your window of opportunity to be saved is limited. “The water is very cold. It starts impacting your ability to survive very quickly. You lose dexterity, and your own ability to get out if It’s a very fast-moving event,” explained Herrick. Officials say anyone going out on the ice should make sure to tell people where they are going and what time they will return.
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