Authorities ID Father Found Dead After Kayak Capsizes; 3 Children Also Killed

August 31, 2018 10:11 PM

The father who was found dead after authorities say his family's kayak capsized in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior Thursday has been identified.

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 39-year-old Erik D. Fryman of Loyal, Wisconsin. Fryman was found dead in the water just after midnight Friday.


His three children were also found dead in the water. Two of the children were found with Fryman, while a third was found in the water near the shore of Michigan Island around 10 a.m.

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Cari A. Mews, the mother, was found alive off the shore of Michigan Island around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Mews' sister identified the children as 9-year-old Kyra, 5-year-old Annaliese and 3-year-old Jansen.

The sheriff's office received a call from Mews' sister around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Her sister said Mews, who was vacationing on Madeline Island with her husband and three children, sent her a text reading "911" and "Michigan Island."

The La Pointe Police Department determined the family left the island in a kayak earlier that day, intending to tour the Apostle Islands. Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, initiated a search.

According to the sheriff's office, the mother said the family's kayak capsized off the shore of Michigan Island. She said she was separated from her family while trying to swim to the island.

All of the family members were wearing life jackets, the sheriff's office said.


Anthony Brousseau

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