From all the stress and tensions of life, what sets Joe Schmelzinger free is fishing in the calm waters of the thousand islands. The man goes on a fishing trip with his small family every year that washes away all his tiredness and tensions. He had been going on this family trip since the time his daughter had been born. It was fun for them coming back with lots of fish to show off to their neighbors and friends. This time too they went to the island but this time the island’s lake was holding something weird before them.

Ordinary Life

Joe is a middle-aged man who lives with his family in Canada. The man has a fixed routine that begins with him going off to the office and ends at getting back to his home. Along with spending quality time with his family, the man loves to go fishing in his free time. Well, this ordinary looking man had something very extraordinary coming his way. While living his normal life he had never imagined that one day he would witness something that would bring him to the limelight instantly. 

A Beautiful Family

The man was married to Annette for more than a decade now and they together had a 6-year-old daughter, Alivia. The family was known for their warm and friendly nature to their neighbors. The best time for the family was the annual trip that they used to take in the latter half of the years.

Plan To Trip

The incident took place in August 2017 when as usual he planned on taking his family out on a fishing trip to the Thousand Islands. However, he did not know at that time that the trip was going to haunt him and his family all their life. Thousand Island is very famous for fishing. 

Thousand Island

It is an archipelago of 1,864 islands that sprawls to 50 miles downstream from Kinston, Ontario. The group of islands connects the Canada-US border in the Saint Lawrence River. The river sources out of the northeast corner of Lake Ontario.  

Perfect Time

The family had been coming to the Thousand Islands for many years and now the place had secured a soft spot in their heart. August was perfect for fishing in this specific region as the weather itself remains beautiful with no excessive cold and hot.


Everything was well planned as always. They would go to the place, relax there for a while and go on fishing in the lake and come back home after spending the whole day there. It used to be the most awaited event of their life, especially for Alivia.