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Friday, August 17, 2012

Remote-control 'lifeguards'

The following news today by AP's Michelle R. Smith entitled "Next wave in rescues: Remote-control 'lifeguards'" is interesting and also encouraging to read
August 17, 2012 06:28 GM
By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press 
 WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) -- 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.
Anything that can effectively save lives is something to be encouraged and commended to whomever it may concern: Well done, keep up the good work!

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