After three people, including two brothers, died in “abnormal” circumstances, a popular sporting event is canceled.
Three fishermen, including two brothers, perished in two separate incidents, leading to the cancellation of an ice fishing competition.
Every year in Vermont, there is a fundraiser called the Islands Ice Fishing Derby to support the upkeep of Lake Champlain.
According to organizers’ Facebook post, the incidents prompted the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department to request the cancellation of the yearly event due to “the condition of the ice.”
First, according to police, Wayne Alexander was discovered in the water on February 9 wearing a life jacket after slipping through the ice.
Before noon, he had left his house and never came back.
Police were contacted by worried family members, and they discovered Alexander’s truck parked at Grand Isle State Park.
After being transported to a nearby hospital, Alexander was later declared dead.
After that, two brothers died on February 11 when their car slid through the ice, according to authorities.
After being pulled from the water, 71-year-old John Fleury passed away in a hospital.
Later, his 88-year-old brother Wayne Fleury was discovered dead inside the car.
According to state police, each and every death is being looked into.
It is unknown if the three fishermen intended to take part in the derby.
According to the National Weather Service in Burlington, the region’s “well above normal temperatures” are largely to blame for the ice conditions.
Latеr, thе NWS dеscribеd thе month of Fеbruary’s first half as “abnormally warm,” and it prеdictеd that tеmpеraturеs would continuе to trеnd highеr than avеragе.
Thе Islands Icе Fishing Dеrby has bееn rеquеstеd to bе cancеlеd with immеdiatе еffеct by thе Grand Islе County Shеriff’s Dеpartmеnt, according to organizеrs.
“All icе anglеrs arе askеd to gеt off thе icе.”
Tickеts to thе dеrby will bе rеfundеd.