Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters off Block Island, Rhode Island

SitkinakBOSTON — The Coast Guard suspended the search Friday for Linda and Nathan Carman after searching for six days and exhausting all search efforts.

Initially, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, watchstanders at Coast Guard 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 31-foot center console boat.

The Coast Guard searched over 62,000 square nautical miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia, from south of Block Island, Rhode Island to the Canyons off New York.

Search assets included:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, homeported in Montauk, New York
  • Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, homeported in Kittery, Maine
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, homported in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Coast Guard Station Castle Hill
  • A MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod
  • A HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod
  • A C-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • A MH-65 Dolphin from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • Coast Guard Air Auxiliary

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.

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