(WTNH) — The Coast Guard is still searching for a missing mother and son from Middletown who never returned from their weekend fishing trip.
“10:54 was the last one. ‘Leaving dock shortly be in contact by 9 a.m. Hope you are having a good weekend.”
That was the last text Sharon Hartstein received from her friend over the weekend. She never checked in and hasn’t been seen since.
Fifty-four-year-old Linda Carmen and her son Nathan left port in Point Judith, Rhode Island late Saturday night to go fishing. They left at night, fishing in the dark. Hartstein hopes they just ran out of gas. Hartstein called the Coast Guard and they have launched an all-out search from Rhode Island to Long Island and the ocean beyond.
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“Could have had motor problems, I don’t know, I have seen pictures with and without lifejackets on, I am pretty sure while they are out they have the lifejackets on,” said Hartstein.
As the Coast Guard continues to search, the biggest problem is every hour that goes by the search grows exponentially. They take into account the wind, the tides and which direction everything is moving and has been moving over the last 48 hours. They say right now they’re searching an area twice the size of Connecticut and it just continues to get bigger as time goes on. Hartstein has been talking to them about the latest search patterns.
“There are a lot of assets, as the Coast Guard likes to call them, out there looking. Planes, helicopters, ships. I know yesterday I was speaking to one of the Coast Guard personnel when they came in to refuel and then they were out again,” said Hartstein.
Linda and Nathan are from Middletown, avid fishermen, a mother and son who have caught a lot of fish and are experienced out on the water. They are in a 32-foot aluminum center console boat with electronic GPS mapping. Hartstein says it’s a big ocean and she still holding out hope that they will return safely.
“That is all I have is hope, yeah I’m not thinking anything else, I can’t. The world would not be right without Linda in it or Nathan in it,” said Hartstein.