The Latest: No distress call made from sinking fishing boat

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Posted: Sep 26, 2016 2:44 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on one of two boaters who was found alive after being missing for a week (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard says it did not receive a distress call when a boat with a mother and son on board sank more than a week ago.

The son, 22-year-old Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, was found in good condition in a life raft Sunday off the coast of Massachusetts. The Coast Guard said he had been on the raft for seven days after the 31-foot aluminum boat he and his mother were in sank. There was no sign of his 54-year-old mother, Linda Carman.

The Coast Guard says it has no plans to restart a search for Linda Carman because she is presumed dead.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Groll, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, says she does not know if the boat was equipped with a radio, but she says the Coast Guard asks recreational boater to carry a radio and a waterproof case.

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12:50 p.m.

A 22-year-old Vermont man who was found alive on a life raft after a week in the ocean said he looked for his mother in vain as their aluminum fishing boat quickly sank.

Nathan Carman, of Vernon, told the Coast Guard that when the 31-foot boat started to sink, he looked for Linda Carman but didn't see her. He told the Coast Guard by phone that he had some food and water and he jumped into the raft.

Nathan Carman was found Sunday by a freighter off the coast of Massachusetts. His mother's whereabouts are unknown. The Coast Guard said Monday that they don't plan to restart the search for her.

The mother and son disappeared Sept. 18 after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip.

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12:15 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have no plans to reopen the search for a Connecticut boater who's been missing for more than a week.

A spokeswoman for the Coast Guard in Boston said Monday that so much time has gone by that it is now "beyond the survivability window" to continue searching for Linda Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut.

Carman's son, Nathan Carman, was found in good condition Sunday in an inflatable life boat off the coast of Massachusetts. The Coast Guard said there was no additional raft on board the boat he and his mother were on, so Linda Carman was unprotected from the elements.

The mother and son disappeared Sept. 18 after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip in an aluminum boat.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the pair Friday. Nathan Carman was found two days later.

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11:20 a.m.

A friend of a missing Connecticut boater says she was ecstatic when she learned the boater's son was found alive on a life raft after being missing for a week. But Sharon Hartstein's feelings quickly turned to terror when she learned her friend was still missing.

Her friend Linda Carman, of Middletown, went fishing on an aluminum boat with her 22-year-old son, Nathan, more than a week ago.

Hartstein says she found out Sunday that Nathan Carman had been picked up by a freighter about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. She says she was terrified when she then learned that her friend Linda remains missing and fears she could be dead.

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9:45 a.m.

A boater who was found alive on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts after being missing for a week was also the object of a massive search when he was a teenager.

Nathan Carman was found Sunday by a freighter on the Atlantic Ocean about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard. His mother, Linda Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut, is still missing.

Nathan Carman, who has Asperger's syndrome, went missing in 2011 after he became distraught over the death of his horse. After a widespread search, the then 17-year-old was found in Virginia.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Carman family was also struck by tragedy in 2013 when Linda Carman's father was shot to death in his home. No arrest has been made.

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6:55 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard says one of two boaters missing for a week has been found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, of Middletown.

The mother and son disappeared Sept. 18 after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

The Coast Guard in Boston says Nathan Carman was found Sunday by a freighter about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

He was listed in good condition. Linda Carman's whereabouts remain unknown.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Groll says the freighter is scheduled to reach land Tuesday.