Boaters reported missing off Block Island

Authorities were notified Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, that 54-year-old Linda Carman (right) of Connecticut and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, did not return from a fishing trip off Block Island. (Photos courtesy of Monty Monterio/Patch)

A search was underway Monday off Block Island for two boaters not seen since Saturday.

Authorities were notified Sunday night that 54-year-old Linda Carman of Connecticut and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, did not return from a fishing trip off Block Island.

They left from Ram Point Marina in Wakefield on Saturday in a 32-foot aluminum boat.

NBC 10 News spoke with Monty Monterio, who said he’s been friends with Linda for several years and recently became her roommate in Middletown, Connecticut. He said he hasn't heard from her since Saturday.

"The conversation we had was she was going out with him,” Monterio said. “They were going to try a new spot. She told me she doesn't know how to use the equipment on board,” as Nathan typically operates the vessel.

NBC 10 found a photo included in reports of a Nathan Carman from Middletown, who went missing 5 years ago. Monterio said it is an older picture of the same Nathan.

Friends called The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday when the Carman's didn't come home.

"There was no contact with me or our friend, Sharon,” Monterio said. “That's why we're so worried."

The Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, in Boston, said Monday evening the search was focused on Hudson Canyon, about 115 miles south of Montauk, New York.

"Just waiting for her is like hell,” Monterio said. "I just hope she comes home."

Anyone with information about Nathan Carman and Linda Carman or their missing boat are urged to call Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England's Command Center at 508-457-3211.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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