Cari Mews of Loyal was the only survivor of a kayak accident when the boat of her Family in Lake Superior capsized and killed her husband and three children.
Mews told police that she was separated from her husband Erik Fryman and her children on Thursday when they attempted to swim to Michigan Island, according to a press release from the Ashland County Sheriff's Office.
At 8:29 pm, the Ashland County Communications Center received a phone call from Mews's sister, Bobi Jo, saying Cari had sent an alarming text message with the message "911 Michigan Island."
Bobi Jo Mews said she knew something was wrong when she got the lyrics. She was already aware that the family was kayaking but received the news several hours late.
The weather began to change while the family was on the water, according to the CBS report. The waves were 3 to 4 feet high when the boat capsized.
The police found that the family vacationing on Madeline Island left Michigan for the purpose of touring the Apostle Islands in a kayak. Cari Mews was found around 10am on the west side of Michigan Island, the press release said.
Shortly after midnight, the bodies of Fryman and two of the children were found. Heavy thunderstorms hindered the search for release, and the third child's body was found Friday at 10 am on the shores of Michigan Island. All family members wore life jackets, it said in the press release.
The Fryman children Annaliese, Kyra and Jansen were 9, 5 and 3 years old, respectively.
Autopsies are being conducted and the incident is being investigated, the press release said.
The deaths of Frymans were not the only ones to drown in the Great Lakes in recent days. On Friday it was suspected that two people drowned in Lake Michigan near Chicago and another was pulled down from Lake Ontario near Wilson, New York. A boatman was missing on the same day at Lake Erie outside of Vermilion, Ohio.
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