Homeland Sec Honors Hudson Rescuers

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary and the Coast Guard commandant are honoring mariners who helped rescue 155 people after last month's Hudson River plane splashdown.

Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen are scheduled to appear at a Manhattan awards ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

The North Carolina-bound US Airways jet ditched in the Hudson on Jan. 15. It lost thrust in both engines due to a bird strike after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport.

More than 100 mariners responded, plucking the survivors from the frigid water and setting up staging areas on shore.

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