A family of five was kayaking near a Michigan Island when the boat capsized, killing a Wisconsin father and his three children. 

Erik Fryman, 39, was identified as the deceased father by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office. He was found on Thursday night along with two of his children in Lake Superior. The last child was found on Monday morning.

The only person to survive the near Madeline Island accident was his wife and mother of the children, 29-year-old Cari Mews.

Erik Fryman, 39, was identified as the deceased father by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office. He was found on Thursday night along with two of his children in Lake Superior. The last child was found on Monday morning

Erik Fryman, 39, was identified as the deceased father by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office. He was found on Thursday night along with two of his children in Lake Superior. The last child was found on Monday morning

Erik Fryman, 39, was identified as the deceased father by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office. He was found on Thursday night along with two of his children in Lake Superior. The last child was found on Monday morning

The only person to survive the near Madeline Island accident was his wife and mother of the children, 29-year-old Cari Mews

The only person to survive the near Madeline Island accident was his wife and mother of the children, 29-year-old Cari Mews

The only person to survive the near Madeline Island accident was his wife and mother of the children, 29-year-old Cari Mews

The Loyal, Wisconsin, woman was rescued by a search and rescue vessel, Ashland authorities explained to WDIO.

‘We had multiple assets on scene. We had a small boat station that launched out of Bayfield. Traverse city sent a helicopter over there,’ United States Coast Guard Lieutenant Daniel Peters explained.

Rescue efforts began after the children’s aunt called police and said that she received ‘alarming text messages reading “911” and “Michigan Island”‘ from her sister. 

She knew that the couple and their children – nine, six and three years old – were on vacation at Madeline Island. 

Mews sister knew that the couple and their children - nine, six and three years old - were on vacation at Madeline Island

Mews sister knew that the couple and their children - nine, six and three years old - were on vacation at Madeline Island

Mews sister knew that the couple and their children – nine, six and three years old – were on vacation at Madeline Island

 Authorities state that all five family members had on life jackets and it is possible that hypothermia had a hand in the accident. The children pictured

The mother was found on the west side of the island while her husband and two of her kids were found between midnight and 1am in the water 

The mother was found on the west side of the island while her husband and two of her kids were found between midnight and 1am in the water 

The mother was found on the west side of the island while her husband and two of her kids were found between midnight and 1am in the water 

LaPointe Police on Madeline state that the family had planned to tour the Apostle Islands and had left earlier in the day.

Authorities state that all five family members had on life jackets and it is possible that hypothermia had a hand in the accident. 

Mews was found at approximately 10pm by a United States Geological Survey vessel after various agencies began a water search and rescue mission. Her Facebook indicates that she is a veteran

Mews was found at approximately 10pm by a United States Geological Survey vessel after various agencies began a water search and rescue mission. Her Facebook indicates that she is a veteran

Mews was found at approximately 10pm by a United States Geological Survey vessel after various agencies began a water search and rescue mission. Her Facebook indicates that she is a veteran

Mews was found at approximately 10pm by a United States Geological Survey vessel after various agencies began a water search and rescue mission.  

The mother was found on the west side of the island while her husband and two of her kids were found between midnight and 1am in the water. 

The third child was found by a National Park Service vessel at around 10am on Friday. 

Mews explained that she became separated from the rest of her family after the kayak capsized between Michigan and Stockton Islands. 

‘The importance of making sure we do a really good job of informing our visitors here of the dangers of this lake. I think that’s a responsibility that we all have to take,’ said Bayfield resident, Steve Sandstorm. 

‘It just is so sad. It’s been quite awhile since we had anything this tragic in this area.’ 

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