The Coast Guard expanded its search Tuesday for two missing boaters near Block Island, Rhode Island to include an area roughly 100 miles south of Montauk, New York.

Initially, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 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 32-foot center console boat.

The Coast Guard is searching an area about 11,000 square miles, roughly twice the size of Connecticut.

Search assets include:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, homeported in Montauk, New York
  • Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, homeported in Kittery, Maine
  • A MH-60 Jayhawk from Air Station Cape Cod
  • A HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod
  • A C-130 from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina

UPDATED CONTACT NUMBER: Anyone with information about Nathan Carman and Linda Carman or their missing vessel are urged to call The Coast Guard’s First District command center at 617-223-8555.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).