When Nathan Carman and his mother took their fishing boat, The Chickenpox, off the coast of Rhode Island, they had no idea that disaster would strike.

Soon the vessel was filling with water, the deck gave way beneath them and Carman lost sight of his mom amongst the waves.

The life raft was the only thing that was going to save him but as he drifted further and further out to sea, Nathan had no idea that there could be a more sinister reason that he was in this predicament…

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On September 11 2016, just before midnight, 22-year-old Nathan and his mother Linda set off from Ram Point Marina in Wakefield, Rhode Island for an overnight fishing trip. Linda suggested the idea since she and her son had drifted a little since he left home – she wanted this trip to be a way for them to reconnect.

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The pair headed out in Nathan’s 31-foot aluminium boat, The Chickenpox, and headed into the Atlantic Ocean. The mother and son planned to go 20 miles off the mainland to Block Island and as a safety precaution, Linda told her friend Sharon Hartstein their plans and that they aimed to be home for lunchtime the following day.