The Latest: Woman lost at sea bonded with son while fishing

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 2:20 PM
The Latest: Woman lost at sea bonded with son while fishing

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a Vermont man who was rescued after being lost at sea for a week (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Friends are remembering a Connecticut woman who is presumed dead more than a week after the fishing boat she was on with her son sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Linda Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut, and her 22-year-old son, Nathan Carman, set out from Point Judith, Rhode Island, aboard his 31-foot aluminum boat on Sept. 18.

Nathan Carman was rescued by a passing freighter Sunday after floating in a life raft in the Atlantic for a week. He was brought back to Boston on Tuesday and is being questioned by the Coast Guard.

Friend Sharon Hartstein said Linda Carman was a thoughtful, generous person who worked to help children with autism. Nathan Carman has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.

Hartstein said mother and son bonded over fishing and went on many fishing trips together.

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10:15 a.m.

A Vermont man who spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter has arrived at a Boston Coast Guard base.

Nathan Carman was transported by a Coast Guard vessel from the freighter to the base at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. He and his mother set off for a fishing trip Sept. 18., but their boat sank. He was discovered in a life raft Sunday, but his mother hasn't been found and is presumed dead.

The 22-year-old man from Vernon was dressed in a white jumpsuit and appeared healthy and alert, but he did not speak publicly.

He was immediately taken to a Coast Guard vehicle and driven to a building on the base, where he will be questioned by Coast Guard officials.

He will also meet with his family and a lawyer.

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8:45 a.m.

A Vermont man who spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter will be reunited with his family in Boston, while his mother is still unaccounted for and presumed dead.

Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, is expected to arrive in Boston on Tuesday morning aboard the freighter that rescued him off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday. His mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut, has not been found.

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

The Coast Guard had suspended its search for the pair Friday. A private freighter found 22-year-old Nathan Carman two days later.

Family members have said the son has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.