Robotic Lifeguard Saves Distressed Swimmers Faster Than Humans

Robotic Lifeguard Saves Distressed Swimmers Faster Than Humans

E.M.I.L.Y. is a robotic rescue buoy that saves people up to twelve times faster than a regular guard.

Alice Chan
  • 1 june 2012

Los Angeles County lifeguards are testing out a remote controlled, robotic rescue buoy at the beaches this summer. Called the the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (E.M.I.L.Y.), it is a cross between a jet-ski and a buoy.

The robotic lifeguard was designed by Hydronalix and named after a thirteen year old girl named Emily Rose Shane that was killed along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

The company states that the buoy can travel up to 40 miles per hour for a maximum of 35 minutes. Compared to a human lifeguard, E.M.I.L.Y. can reach a drowning swimmer up to twelve times faster, allowing lifeguards to reach the distressed swimmer under a shorter response time. Weighing at 25 pounds, the device can carry up to six swimmers. Hydronalix is looking into adding sonar to the buoy to find swimmers who have been pulled underwater.


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