Next wave in rescues: Remote-control 'lifeguards'

A new and relatively inexpensive device could change the way you think about lifeguards.


EMILY is the acronym for a new remote-controlled lifeguard. It stands for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard.


It's a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device and can go up to 22 mph, allowing it to get to people more quickly, and in some cases more safely, than any human.




It's being used by a handful of communities, including in Los Angeles County, home of the lifeguards made famous by the TV series "Baywatch."


If a swimmer is struggling, a lifeguard or anyone else can put EMILY in the water and send it through even rough waves with the help of a remote control.


EMILY made its first rescue last month when it saved a father and son in Oregon.


Associated Press

Published Date: Aug 17, 2012 06:33 pm | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2012 06:33 pm