Carman testifies in insurance trial

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — About a month after his boat sank off Long Island on Sept. 18, 2016 and his mother was likely lost with it, Nathan Carman wrote a one-page description of what had happened to his insurance company that said "the boat sank suddenly" and he found himself in the water "holding a bag filled with safety gear."

Carman's description was introduced as evidence Wednesday in a federal civil trial in U.S. District Court in Providence. The companies that insured his boat, the Chicken Pox, are suing Carman over his $85,000 insurance claim for the boat.

Carman also wrote he located two other containers of safety gear and swam to his life raft and then started calling out for his mother Linda Carman, who had been on the boat with him.

"I looked around and called out for her while I was in the water and after getting on board the life raft," Carman wrote. "I continued to try and locate my mom looking for her and calling out and listening for a reply until dark, then I made myself rest."

For more on this story, go to The Hartford Courant.

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