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Coast Guard’s search for missing mother, son expands to Long Island Sound

Linda Carman and her son Nathan have been missing since Sunday. (FOX61)

Linda Carman and her son Nathan have been missing since Sunday. (FOX61)

BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is searching the waters south of Long Island, New York, for two boaters reported missing off the coast of Rhode Island.

The Coast Guard said Tuesday the search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her son, 22-year-old Nathan Carman, of Middletown, Connecticut, had shifted to an approximately 11,000-square-mile area about 115 miles south of Montauk, New York.

The Coast Guard was informed Sunday that the pair failed to return from an offshore fishing trip near Block Island, about 13 miles south of mainland Rhode Island. They departed from Ram’s Point Marina in Point Judith Saturday evening in a 32-foot center console boat.

The Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, in Boston, says Coast Guard assets from New York, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina and others are assisting in the search.

The Coast Guard urges anyone with information about the missing boat to call First District command center at 617-223-8555.

FOX61 reports Nathan, who has Asperger’s syndrome, went missing in 2011 after his horse died. He was found days later in Virginia.

After the incident, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy declared August 23 “Missing Persons Day” to support families of those who have disappeared.

The Office of the Victim Advocate says the day serves as a reminder that people don’t have to wait 24 hours to report someone as missing.

The Associated Press and PIX11 digital producer Alyssa Zauderer contributed to this story.