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Crew of Ethan Allen honored for rescuing kayakers

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A commercial boat crew was honored Thursday for saving a group of kayakers on Lake Champlain.

Captain John Carter says they spotted two men and a woman struggling to stay afloat after their kayaks overturned Aug. 3.

Carter runs the spirit of Ethan Allen, which offers tours of the lake, and says they managed to get everyone on board within about 10 minutes of finding them near Lone Rock Point. He says training was a key to their success.

"It went smoother. Everyone's adrenaline was pumping a little bit more I think and it just helped that they knew everything to do and didn't hesitate," Carter said.

"Those mariners, during the search and rescue operation, did such a great job and used their training. We felt it appropriate to recognize them," said Ed Green of the U.S. Coast Guard

In a ceremony Thursday, Coast Guard officials gave the crew a certificate of appreciation.

Rescue training is a once-a-year requirement for staff on all commercial vessels.

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