UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

UPDATE: Four people killed in an Apostle Island kayaking incident where from Loyal, according to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29, from Loyal was the only survivor.

On Thursday night around 8:29, the Ashland County Communications Center received a call from a woman who reported her sister was vacationing on Madeline Island with her husband and three children had sent an alarming text message reading “911” and “Michigan Island”.

La Point Police investigated the call and determined the family had left the island in a kayak earlier in the day with the intention of touring the Apostle Islands.

A water rescue ensued. Rescue crews found the mother alive in the water just after 10 p.m.

The father and two of the children were found dead in the water after midnight. Strong thunderstorms hampered the search but the third child was found dead Friday morning around 10.

A preliminary report shows the family’s kayak had capsized. While trying to swim to Michigan Island, the mom got separated from her other family members.


UPDATE:
The Master Chief of U.S. Coast Guard District 9 says the three children who died after a kayak capsized in the Apostle Islands were between the ages of three and nine.

Master Chief Alan Haras says all five people who were out on the water were in one kayak.

Haras says the family visited the area frequently, and were considered experienced kayakers, and water temperature was in the low 60’s.

KBJR 6 Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark says wave height was around 1 ft. at the time, and there was no inclement weather at the time of the incident.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call from a woman who reported her sister had sent “alarming” text messages reading “911” and “Michigan Island” around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The woman said her sister was vacationing on Madeline Island with her husband and three children.

La Pointe Police investigated the call, and determined the family had left the island in a kayak earlier in the day to tour the Apostle Islands.

The mother was rescued just after 10 p.m. in water on the west side of Michigan Island.

The bodies of the father and two of the children were pulled from the water after midnight, with the third child found around 10 a.m. Friday after rescue teams went back on the water following strong thunderstorms.

The sheriff’s office says a preliminary statement from the mother said the family’s kayak had capsized between Stockton and Michigan Islands, and that she had become separated from her husband and children.

Authorities say all of the family members were wearing life jackets.


UPDATE 12:20 p.m. — The Ashland County Sheriff confirms Friday that four people have died, including a father and three children, after their kayak capsized near the Apostle Islands.

The Sheriff’s office says just before 8:30 Thursday night, authorities received a call from a woman who reported her sister had sent “alarming” text messages reading “911” and “Michigan Island.”

The woman said her sister was vacationing on Madeline Island with her husband and three children. La Pointe Police investigated the call, and determined the family had left the island in a kayak earlier in the day to tour the Apostle Islands.

The U.S. Coast Guard, WI DNR, Bayfield Fire and Rescue, National park Service, and Coast Guard Research Vessel “KIYI” responded for a water search and rescue mission.

Authorities say “KIYI” rescued the family’s mother just after 10 p.m. in water on the west side of Michigan Island.

The bodies of the father and two of the children were pulled from the water after midnight.

Authorities say strong thunderstorms hampered search efforts overnight, but the body of the third child was eventually pulled from the water around 10 a.m. Friday.

The sheriff’s office says a preliminary statement from the mother indicated the family’s kayak had capsized between Stockton and Michigan Islands, and that she had become separated from her husband and children.

All of the family were wearing life jackets, say authorities.

The names are being withheld as the investigation continues.


LA POINTE (KBJR) – The U.S. Coast Guard in Bayfield has confirmed three people have died following a canoe capsize in the Apostle Islands.

Authorities say the canoeists were traveling from Madeline Island to Michigan Island on Thursday.

The Coast Guard confirmed one person was rescued, and a search is underway for another canoeist.

News 18’s sister station KBJR is headed to the scene. We will update this story with the latest information.

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

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