Truly tragic and may they RIP. I will start by saying that. I have been on 2 Apostle island kayak trips, a isle Royal trip and several other Lake Superior adventures. First of all, if you take a 3 yr old on any of these open water crossings then you should be thrown in jail. Not to mention another 6 and 9 yr old. If a person is not properly fitted with a correct thickness wet suit and pfd, then find a nice pond inland to paddle. Stay the hell away from the mother of all lakes! The sand bay state park guidelines call for a minimum of a 16” enclosed kayak to safely navigate the islands. I have had my 16’ er in 6-7’ swells and believe me, it takes a few days to unpucker. Rookies and kids have no business trying to travel between these islands. The water is so cold that it will take your breath away and you will immediately sink without a life vest. There are so many things wrong with what happened to this poor family. Here is a quick list:
- no wetsuits
- 13’6” sit on top kayak?!?!? What?!?! Where all 5 family members on this?
- No vhf radio. These are a must have. Cell phones are basically useless in the Apostles
-they seperated to get ziplock bag with light. Never separate.
I am sure there are many other missteps that I am missing and I don’t want to come of as being insensitive but WTF? This is one of the worst cases of parental judgement I have ever seen. I hope some less educated people read this and get a little more appreciation for Lake Superior and how unforgiving it is. 3 things at a minimum. Vhf radio, wetsuit and life jacket. These three things are enough to save your life