Coast Guard Sector Charleston sets open house Saturday

The National Security Cutter Hamilton’s duties include pursuing drug smugglers, rescuing stranded boaters and providing humanitarian aid. Coast Guard Sector Charleston will hold an open house Saturday, which will include tours of cutters and the station.

If you want a close look at Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s work — the station, the cutters and equipment — Saturday’s a good chance.

The Coast Guard and its auxiliary will host an open house, including a helicopter search-and-rescue demonstration. Visitors also will get tours of the cutters and historic facilities.

Safe boating exhibits and demonstrations will be available, too.

The event is meant to recognize 225 years of Coast Guard service, including 100 years’ presence in Charleston at the Rice Mill Building and 50 years of Coast Guard Auxiliary service to the community, according to a news release.

The event will kick off National Safe Boating Week, an annual initiative to highlight the importance of boating safety before the summer season arrives. State and local government agencies and commercial providers will be available to promote safe boating practices.