A Milford Man drowned this morning, Dec. 8, after breaking through the ice on Quakish Lake in T3 Indian Purchase Township.

From Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife:

Walter Demmons, age 62 of Milford, and a friend were preparing to ice fish on Quakish Lake earlier today. The two of them were checking the ice thickness by drilling holes through the ice on Quakish Lake at about 9:30 this morning when they heard the ice crack. The two ice fisherman spread out in an attempt to not break through, but the ice broke, and both fell into the water about 75 yards from shore.

The two were communicating with each other as they tried to get out of the water and back onto the ice, but Demmons suddenly said he was not going to make it and his friend saw him submerge beneath the water surface, and never come back up. The friend was able to eventually get out of the water and call 911.

Game Wardens are urging caution to anyone venturing out on the ice, and reminding everyone to check ice conditions frequently if you are heading out onto the ice. Early season ice conditions can be treacherous. For more information regarding Ice safety, go here for Winter Ice Safety Tips.

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