Friends hoping Middletown mother is safe after son is found

Linda Carman

BOSTON, Mass. (WTNH) — The Boston Coast Guard confirms to News 8 that 22-year-old Nathan Carman has been found safe after a week of being missing.

A freighter found Carman floating in a life raft about 100 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday.

“It was early afternoon,” said Nicole Groll, a U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class.  “Visibility was good.  They saw him on the life raft.  They picked him up and reported it to the life guard.”

Carman and his 54-year-old mother, Linda Carman, from Middletown were reported missing last Sunday after they left a dock in Point Judith, Rhode Island late Saturday night to go fishing and never returned.

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The Coast Guard says he is in good condition and the freighter is bringing him to land.

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Carman says the boat sank began taking on water.

Family and friends have hung yellow ribbons and signs of hope on their Middletown home.

“We are hopeful. The family is hopeful,” said family friend Sharon Hartstein. “I was thrilled that they found him and then I was devastated that Linda wasn’t with him.”

Hartstein says they’re always well-prepared. “She wouldn’t put her son in danger. She’s the momma bird. She would protect him at all costs.”

The Coast Guard called of their search for the two on Friday after searching more than 62,000 square nautical miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia.

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Linda Carman was not found on the life raft and her whereabouts are still under investigation. According to a spokesperson for the Coast Guard, Nathan Carman had talked about their boat sinking.

“When the boat started taking on water, he got his life raft,” said Groll.  “He went looking for his mom to get into the life raft and he could not find her.”

Authorities hope to have more details after Nathan Carman arrives on shore in Boston on Tuesday night.

The coast guard says a number of things played into Nathan Carman’s survival.  He had a life raft, a life vest, food and water.  He was also fortunate that the Orient Lucky had heard the urgent marine bulletin to look out for the missing Middletown mother and her son.

A spokesperson for the Coast guard says crews will not resume their search for Linda Carman.  Authorities say Nathan had the only raft aboard the Chicken Pox and without a raft Linda’s chances for survival are low.

Anyone with information about Linda Carman or their missing boat is asked to call the Coast Guard at (617) 223-8555.

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