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Coast Guard honors boy who saved his grandfather

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A Coast Guard official and congressman on Monday presented a 9-year-old boy from Jonesport, Maine, with the Coast Guard Certificate of Valor. Matthew Drisko was recognized for heroic actions while helping to rescue his grandfather May 26, 2009, during a fishing trip.

The man became tangled in a line and fell overboard into 44-degree water. After attempting several times to lift his grandfather back onto the boat, Drisko, the only other occupant, secured a life jacket to his grandfather and maneuvered the boat to a fishing vessel that was passing nearby. The fishing boat's crew helped to pull the man aboard.

The boy hopes to one day be a lobsterman like his grandfather.

Click here for a local report at the time of the incident.

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