Carman tells court 'it isn't about the money'

Published: Sep. 5, 2019 at 1:06 AM EDT
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The Vermont man who stands to collect millions in inheritance money after his boat sank in 2016 with his mother on board says the court case isn't about money.

Nathan Carman was rescued after his boat Chickenpox sank off the coast of Rhode Island, but his mother was never found.

"I almost feel I have a responsibility to my mom to make sure that the case comes out," said Carman.

Closing arguments in federal court over the boat's insurance money were made Wednesday. The insurance company argued Carman made modifications to the $85,000 boat which caused it to sink.

Carman's attorney argued the boat was old and there was no way to prove why it sank.

"They have made claims against me that are so tremendous, I don't feel like I can walk away from them. That's why I'm here. I'm not here about the money. And I just wanted to clarify that," said Carman.

The judge is expected to make a decision in a couple of weeks at the earliest.