Coast Guard: Search for 2 missing boaters shifts south

(Photo from U.S. Coast Guard)
(Photo from U.S. Coast Guard)

BOSTON (WPRI/AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a search for two missing boaters off the coast of Rhode Island has shifted to the waters south of Long Island, New York.

The Coast Guard was informed Sunday evening that 54-year-old Linda Carman and her son, 22-year-old Nathan Carman, failed to return from an offshore fishing trip near Block Island, located about 13 miles south of mainland Rhode Island.

Eyewitness News has learned the pair departed from Ram Point Marina in South Kingstown Saturday evening in a 32-foot aluminum center console boat.

South Kingstown police said the Carmans are from Connecticut and that Nathan is currently living in Vermont. Linda’s roommate, Monty Monterio, said the two meet in Rhode Island frequently for weekend fishing trips on their boat, The Chicken Pox.missing-boaters-carmans

“She always texts me every time she goes fishing, of what they’re catching, or no luck, or sends me pictures,” said Monteiro. “But this time it’s nothing.”

The Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Boston said the search was focused on Hudson Canyon, about 100 miles south of Montauk, New York and that the search area is about 11,000 square miles. That’s roughly twice the size of Connecticut.

Teams are using the tides to help them chart their search area, according to the Coast Guard.

“It could easily drift a boat really, really far over the course of two days,” said local fisherman Adam Puslys.

“A lot can happen, the ocean’s a dangerous place,” he continued. “I’m a commercial fisherman, I do this full time, and there’s a lot of things that could happen, like collisions with large ships or barges that perhaps they just didn’t see.”

The Coast Guard told Eyewitness News crews are searching off New York because they received “new information” that the mother and son were there. Petty Officer Nicole Groll says they interviewed a number of people who spoke to the Carmans before they left, and have received numerous phone calls with possible sightings of the boat.

The Coast Guard said the search assets include:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, homeported in 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

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said it was assisting with the search in Narragansett Bay Monday. However, the agency said it’s not part of Tuesday’s search efforts.

Anyone who has seen the pair or their boat is asked to call the Coast Guard.

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