'Emily' stand for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard. It is a remote controlled robot which will be tested by lifeguards in California USA this summer, to assist with ocean rescues.
The robot can reach potential drowning victims six times faster than humans, as it can rip through waves at 40 miles per hour. It can serve as a flotation device for up to six people, and can be dropped from a helicopter in high risk or difficult to access places.
Emily will not replace the incredible work of both paid and volunteer lifesavers, but rather enhance and assist in rescue operations. It is controlled via remote from the beach, and can only be used to rescue those who are struggling and need flotation assistance until help arrives.
According to the Daily Mail, the robot was named after 13 year old Emily Shane, who tragically died in a car accident in 2010.
Surf Lifesaving Australia will be testing it out Australia as soon as a device is available.