Coast Guard: Search for 2 missing boaters shifts south


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.

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.

The Coast Guard told Eyewitness News crews are searching off New York because they received “new information” that the mother and son were there. However, the petty officer we spoke with would not elaborate further.

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.

South Kingstown Police said the Carmans are from Connecticut, and that Nathan Carmen is currently living in Vermont.

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

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