Hi. I’m Petty Officer 1st Class Ben Reeves at U.S. Coast Guard Station Galveston. We are here on 45618 on a safety zone for the 2012 National Tri-hull Powerboat Championship. They are going to have 12 boats out today. Our main goal is education to the boating public. It is the best safety precaution to keep people from getting hurt outside the safety zone and inside the safety zone.
I think everybody is very very pleased to see the Coast Guard here anyways. The contribution they make to the show is tremendous. It’s like – we have the Department of Homeland Security here, we have the Sheriff we have the police here, the fire marshall, and those sort of people here I think they are all important to the public, but i think as again Coast Guard, because we are talking about Galveston, because this is a boating community, because this is a fishing community, I think it is very important that the Coast Guard can answer questions that the public might have, specifically, different aspects of the show. We also, as you know, ran the man overboard demonstration with the helicopter. from the Coast Guard. I think they like to see how this all works. The only time they ever normally see this otherwise would be, possibly on TV, or a video, or something like that. This gives them an actual opportunity to see you guys face to face, get to know you. It’s more important to just to see you walking around, so they can interact with you guys to get a better feel for you. They go out to play, most of people, and to fish or whatever. You are always there if they need you and i think it’s important for them to realize that. How you assist them in the case of an emergency.