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Oxford Man Dies After Falling Through Ice

OXFORD - Authorities say a 17 year-old boy fell through the ice and drowned this afternoon down state. Mild temperatures of late have of course prevented bodies of water from properly freezing.

It happened on Chapman Pond  in Oxford at around 2:30 p.m. Game Wardens say 17 year-old Joshua Wardwell of Oxford fell through the ice while checking his beaver traps.


His 15 year-old girlfriend witnessed the incident and notified emergency responders.Oxford fire fighters were able to get Wardwell's body out of the water but he was pronounced dead soon after at Stevens Memorial Hospital in Norway.


The Maine Warden Service is reminding everyone to use extreme caution with thin ice conditions present.

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