Autopsy: Hypothermia Apparent Cause of Kayakers' Deaths

September 05, 2018 04:56 PM

The video above is from a Sept. 1 report.


Autopsies indicate hypothermia and possibly drowning apparently caused the deaths of four Wisconsin family members kayaking on Lake Superior.

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Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan tells the Ashland Daily News that preliminary autopsy results indicate that 39-year-old Eric Fryman died of hypothermia while his three children, ages 3 to 9, died of hypothermia and possibly drowning.

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The family from Loyal, Wisconsin, set out from Madeline Island in an open-top tandem kayak last Thursday for a 4-mile paddle across open water to Michigan Island. But their 13½-foot kayak capsized after the wind picked up.

Eric Fryman and his three children — 9-year-old Kyra, 5-year-old Annaliese and 3-year-old Jansen — were found dead in the frigid water. The children's mother, 29-year-old Cari Mews-Fryman, survived.

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All of them were wearing life jackets.

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