Coast Guard helicopters often face dangerous conditions when rescuing boaters. U.S. Coast Guard image.

VIDEO: Inside Coast Guard’s Bay Rescue Operations

As boaters, we know that if the Coast Guard shows up, chances are things have gone terribly wrong on the water. But this time, boaters and members of the public got a chance to see USCG in action when there wasn’t an active emergency. At last weekend’s Coast Guard Open House, people got to learn about the key missions that could someday save their life, from helicopter searches to open-water swimming rescues.

Cheryl Costello gets up close with Coast Guard Station Annapolis to learn about the unique challenges of operating in the Bay region’s waterways. Watch below: