Tragedy Strikes When Kayak Overturns Leaving One Survivor

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisconsin — a 29-year-old mother of three is the lone survivor from a young family vacationing on the Great Lakes who ran into perilous trouble while kayaking. The woman’s husband and her three children all died from hypothermia after their kayak capsized. The heartbreaking tragedy happened on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The mother barely managed to survive according to

Cari Mews, the lone survivor, her husband Erik Fryman took their three children, aged 3, 6, and 9kayaking in Lake Superior. The family rode in one large kayak as they traversed the Apostle Islands. The Apostle Islands are a popularlocation for people to take in nature by exploring cliffs, and the caves that attract explorers to the islands. The islands sit at the northernmost tip of Wisconsin.

According to, the family was visiting Cari’s sister on vacation when they took the excursion. The Ashland County Sheriff’s office said that the kayak capsized somewhere between Michigan Island and Stockton Island around 4:00 p.m. The water in Lake Superior was a chilly 60 degrees.

Cari was able to send a text message to her sister. The cryptic writings said, “911” and “Michigan Island.” The text did not connect to its recipient until 8:30 p.m. due to poor cell service. Cari’s sister reportedly contacted the local emergency communications center and authorities began to investigate.

One of the investigating agencies, La Point Police, determined that the doomed family begantheir journey at Madeline Island in a kayak. After making that finding, authorities mobilized a search and rescue mission to find the family.

Rescuers fought a terrible thunderstorm and reducedvisibility during their mission. They found Cari around 10:00 p.m. on the western side of Michigan Island. Rescuers found the bodies of Cari’s husband and two of her children around midnight in the water. Searchers located the last family member about 10:00 a.m. the following morning after the child’s body washed ashore.

Several law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the incident.

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