The Vermont man who was rescued at sea almost a year ago is heading to court.
According to the Hartford Courant, Nathan Carman, of Vernon, has a court date on Monday in Rhode Island. The insurance company that Carman used to file a claim for his lost boat wants to use the disappearance of Carman’s mother and the death of his grandfather in the case to deny his claim.
Court documents show that National Liability & Fire Insurance Co. and Boat Owners Association of the United States are trying to get Carman barred from receiving insurance money from the incident that caused his boat to sink last September.
Carman left Rhode Island with his mother on September 18 to go fishing on his boat called the “Chicken Pox”.
According to the Coast Guard Carman said the boat took on water quickly and sank. Carman was rescued after a crew found him a week later, floating in a life raft. His mother’s body was never recovered.
Windham County Sheriff’s Department obtained a warrant to search Carman’s home in Vernon on September 26.
According to documents three items were seized in the search, an Xfinity modem, a Garmin sim card, and a letter written by Carman.
According to court records, the insurance companies are using the incident to try and prove that Carman purposely made adjustments his boat and caused to it sink, this would void out any insurance claims. Documents say a witness saw that the trim tabs were removed from the boat.
In court documents filed by Carman’s Attorney, David F. Anderson, the insurance company had originally accepted Carman’s claim and then reversed its position. Carman was questioned for more than five hours by the representatives for the insurance company in December and the claim was denied in January.