However, the Chickenpox would never make it back to shore. When the pair failed to return from their trip, Hartstein consequently alerted the authorities. As a result, over the next six days the Coast Guard combed an area of around 60,000 square miles, hoping to find the Carmans alive.
When they found nothing, rescuers reluctantly called off the search. Then, in a dramatic turn of events, the Orient Lucky, a Chinese freighter, made a shocking discovery. In fact, on September 25 the crew found the Chickenpox’s life raft drifting at sea, some 100 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
What’s more, incredibly, Nathan was alive on board. Apparently, he was equipped with food and water and even appeared to be in decent health. However, there was no sign of Linda. In a phone call to the Coast Guard, Nathan told rescuers that the Chickenpox had sunk.