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Man found after week adrift off Northeast coast, mom still missing

BOSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard says one of two Connecticut boaters who had been missing for a week after leaving a Rhode Island marina was found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts.

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A photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard to CBS Boston shows an aluminum fishing boat that went missing off the coast of Rhode Island on Sept. 18, 2016, with Connecticut residents Linda Carman and her son Nathan on board. U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard suspended its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan of Middletown, Connecticut on Friday. CBS Boston reports Guard vessels searched 62,000 square nautical miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia.

CBS Providence affiliate WPRI reports the search lasted six days before the effort to find the pair was suspended.

The mother and son disappeared on Sept. 18 after leaving to go on a fishing trip in a 32-foot center console aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

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

He was listed in good condition. Linda Carman’s whereabouts remain unknown. The Coast Guard stated that Nathan Carman will return to the Boston area some time Tuesday morning.

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