A Coast Guard official and congressman on Monday presented a nine-year-old boy from Jonesport, Maine, with the Coast Guard Certificate of Valor. Matthew Drisko was recognized for his heroic actions while assisting in the May 26, 2009 rescue of his grandfather while on a fishing trip.
During the trip, Drisko's grandfather 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 of the boat, secured a life jacket to his grandfather and maneuvered the boat to a fishing vessel transiting nearby to get assistance. The fishing boat crew helped pull the man aboard.
The boy hopes to one day be a lobsterman like his grandfather.