News Summary: Remote-control 'lifeguards'

Associated Press
In this Wednesday, Aug, 8, 2012 photo, EMILY, (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard) a remote-controlled battery powered lifesaving device, sits on Old Town Beach in Westerly, R.I. EMILY is 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. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)
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In this Wednesday, Aug, 8, 2012 photo, EMILY, (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard) a remote-controlled …

ROBOTIC LIFEGUARD: EMILY is a remote-controlled lifeguard. It looks like a buoy, but it's a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device.

DEPLOYMENT: It's being used by a handful of communities. Last month, it was used in its first rescue.

HOW IT WORKS: If a swimmer is struggling, a lifeguard or anyone else can put battery-powered EMILY in the water and, with a remote control, send it through even rough waves to help. EMILY can't bring swimmers back to shore, but it can keep them safe until rescuers get there.

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