Missing Middletown son found at sea, mother not recovered

Authorities said this boat belonged to Linda Carmen. (Coast Guard)

The New Haven Coast Guard, as well as the Boston Coast Guard station confirmed to Eyewitness News that 22-year-old Nathan Carman has been recovered at sea after 7 days.

He was discovered 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard alone in a life raft, in good condition, said a representative from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard could not confirm his exact location, but in the area off the New Jersey shore.

An undisclosed freighter discovered Carmen on Saturday afternoon, and will bring him to an undisclosed port on Tuesday.

The status of the mother's whereabouts remains under investigation.

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

Coast Guard confirmed Linda Carman is from Middletown and the son is from Vernon, VT.

Officials said the pair left from Point Judith in Rhode Island on Saturday evening in a 32-foot aluminum center console boat.

Linda Carman's friend Sharon Hartstein said she heard from the pair on Saturday. She said Linda told her she would be in touch on Sunday morning when they got back, but she never heard from them.

"I was worried when I hadn't heard. I started calling the police, contacted the Coast Guard, and everything," Hartstein said.

She said Linda often goes on fishing trips with her son, and said she always lets people know where she's going.

They did not return, and last Monday the Coast Guard said it is using two cutters and three aircrafts to search. They also expanded the area, and were searching 11,000 square miles, roughly twice the size of Connecticut.

Anyone with information on the mother, or their missing vessel, should contact the Coast Guard's First District command center at 617-223-8555.

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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