TODAY   |  October 10, 2012

New show provides inside look at U.S. Coast Guard

TODAY’s Al Roker chats with Rear Admiral William Baumgartner, commander of the district featured on The Weather Channel’s new show “Coast Guard Florida,” which takes a look at the men and women protecting our borders and intercepting drug boats.

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>>> who is in miami with a check of the weather. hey, al.

>> natalie, thank you so much. aboard the coast guard cutter "flores" here in the miami beach area. joining me is rear admiral william baumgartner. he's the commander of the seventh coast guard district headquartered here in miami. admiral, thanks for joining us.

>> good morning, al. great to be here.

>> we have this terrific show starting on the weather channel tonight at 9:00, " coast guard florida can the "which highlights what you guys -- what the men and women of the coast guard do all throughout florida . give me a sense of what the scope of the mission is and some of the things that goes on down here.

>> well, we've got a tremendous set of missions here in florida and throughout the seven coast guard districts, the southeast and the caribbean. not only do we go out there and save people's lives, save about 1,000 lives down here a year, we also protect america from threats that come by this sea, so we stop in the seventh district about $1 billion wholesale value in cocaine each year to get to the american streep. we stop, depending on the year, anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 migrants being smuggled into the united states , and we also go out and inspect commercial shipping like all the cruise ships . the three largest cruise ship ports in the world are here in south florida andhe coast guard inspects the cruise ships , makes sure they are safe and to make sure they are secure so when you if out on your vacation you can have a great time and you don't have to worry about it. so many more things, we look at counterterrorism. we, as i said, take care of navigation, all the buoys, lighthouses, all those kinds of things

>> at miller baumgartner, thank yo so much and when people tune in tonight at 9:00 on the weather channel , they will be amazed at the work your men and women