aqua drone: Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (EMILY)

Including in Oregon:

Think of a lifeguard and you might conjure up images of sunburned teenagers working a summer job. A new and relatively inexpensive lifesaving device could change that.

Meet EMILY, a remote-controlled lifeguard. It looks like a buoy, but it’s a small watercraft fitted with a flotation device. It can go up to 22 mph and can get to people more quickly, and in some cases more safely, than any human.

Full Story: The Columbian: Remote-control ‘lifeguard’ used in Ore. rescue