Skip to comments.Robotic lifeguard 'Emily' can save distressed swimmers
Posted on 05/18/2012 10:06:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin
MALIBU, Calif. (KABC) -- Emily is a robotic lifeguard that can race across the ocean to help a swimmer in distress. This is no toy motor boat, but literally, a lifesaver.
Los Angeles County lifeguards are now testing the device to see how Emily can help them during the busy summer beach season.
"Emily is a new device that was created to help contact a conscious victim. So it's a very good tool if someone is still viable, they're not unconscious, you can use Emily to go out and get someone," said Capt. Remy T. Smith of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division.
Emily could help save lives, but her name was inspired by a tragic event.
"Emily was named after a young woman that was tragically killed here in Malibu," said lifeguard Joe Everett.
Emily Rose Shane, 13, was walking near Pacific Coast Highway when she was struck by a car in 2010. To help deal with the loss, Emily's parents started a pay it forward campaign. At the time, Tony Mulligan was working on his new robotic lifeguard. His daughter and Emily were close friends. They joined the campaign and named their project "Emily."
"We knew Emily as a person who always wanted to help people. She always put other people in front of herself," said Mulligan. "And that's really what this robot is about, is going off and helping somebody. I think it's a great way to memorialize Emily."
With summer right around the corner, beaches are about to get busy. To prepare, the Los Angeles County lifeguards practice their rescue drills, using all of their equipment. For the first time, that includes Emily. I volunteered to be the first victim.
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Yes, but whats really important is does it look like the “Baywatch” life guards?
Maybe “Emily” the robotic lifeguard can help save “Julia”, Obama’s imaginary welfare recipient from a life time of “riding in the wagon”.
What a great idea! But they can put red cloth on it, and I’ll still want Pamela Anderson to give me mouth-to-mouth.
Yes, but the real question is:
I would totally hit that...
Ya’ll talking about EDI or Ashley?
Which one’s hotter? LOL
I’ll can hit em both. tell em to meet me at the bar. drinks and fun are on me.... and it’s Friday so we can sleep in.
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