Initially, at about 6:30 p.m. on September 18th, Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a report that 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son Nathan Carman failed to return from an offshore fishing trip. They departed Ram’s Point Marina in Point Judith, Rhode Island Saturday evening in the Chicken Pox, a 31-foot center console boat.
The Coast Guard searched over 62,000 square nautical miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia, from south of Block Island, Rhode Island to the Canyons off New York.
On September 25th, Nathan Carman was found by the freighter Orient Lucky about 100 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyards and brought back to Boston on Tuesday. A Coast Guard crew picked up Nathan from the freighter in a 45-foot medium response boat and brought him back to Base Boston, where he was reunited with his family.
While the search for Linda Carman has been called off, this incident is currently under investigation by authorities.
In this U.S. Coast Guard audio, Coast Guard Search and Rescue Controller Richard Arsenault speaks with Nathan Carman on the freighter Orient Lucky.