Shelburne Pond death, warden rescued

Staff report

Thin ice caused a tragedy on Shelburne Pond Wednesday afternoon. One man is dead, and a game warden was rescued as he tried to save him.

Shelburne Police and Rescue were dispatched to the area after Game Warden Dana Joyal called for assistance. Joyal had been dispatched to the Vermont Fishing Access at Shelburne Pond to check on unattended fishing gear near an ice fishing hole, police said.

Joyal discovered Kenneth Gaudette, 67, of Shelburne had fallen through thin ice on the pond. It was not determined how long Gaudette was in the water, police said. Cause of death was not immediately determined, but foul play is not suspected.

While trying to rescue Gaudette, Joyal’s weight also crushed through the ice. Joyal was wearing a protective floatation collar and used hand spikes to get himself up and out of the water before help arrived, police said.

Joyal was in the cold water for about 25 minutes before he was assisted by Shelburne Rescue off of the delicate ice and transported to UVM Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

Assistance was provided on scene by Shelburne Fire and Rescue, Charlotte Fire and Rescue, and the Vermont State Police.

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