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YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is honoring two people who rescued a Missouri woman after she had fallen into the Niagara River last summer.

Corey Ziraldo was operating a boat for Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours last July when he and crew member Brittany Thompson spotted a woman in the water near the Niagara Whirlpool.

Ziraldo and Thompson managed to pull the woman into the boat. Thompson helped resuscitate the woman, 30-year-old Lindsey Burgess of Park Hills, Mo., who has made a full recovery. Burgess says she was hiking with her fiance when she slipped on rocks along the river bank.

Coast Guard officials are holding a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Coast Guard station in Youngstown to recognize Ziraldo and Thompson’s heroics. They’ll receive the Captain David P Dobbins Award from the Coast Guard.

Link to original KMOX story: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/07/19/st-louis-woman-saved-from-whirlpool-rapids/

Copyright The Associated Press

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