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.

Meet EMILY!

Meet EMILY!

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.

Associated Press

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