EMILY Remote Controlled Rescue
Denver Fire Department received their new high speed rescue robot called E.M.I.L.Y. (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard), made by Hydronalix, which is a remote controlled robotic rescue boat that has Sonar to help swimmers stay afloat until a rescuer arrives, and also provides Sonar, which is courtesy of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). EMILY, which also has been called “Robotic Lifeguard” and “Robotic Rescue Boat,” provides high-resolution, and real-time bottom imaging of under water, which will support search and rescue efforts. Denver Fire Department held their first graduating class of the Swift Water Rescue EMILY technicians that will help in flooded rivers and flash floods. EMILY weights 21 pounds, and can go 35 mph, the battery life in the Sonar system can last for 120 minutes at 3 knots, and the flotation holds up to 8 adults and this was proven in the Mediterranean Sea when Greek Lifeguards used the EMILY technology to save drowning refugees. The Rockaway Beach Fire Department in Oregon used EMILY to save three people that were swept out to sea by a rip current off Rockway Beach in July of 2019. EMILY is named in honor of Emily Rose Shane, 13, of Malibu, California. Emily was killed by a car while walking home along Pacific Coast Highway in 2010. Emily was a dear friend to Marie Mulligan, daughter of the Hydronalix founders. Emily was the type of person who was always concerned about helping others in need. Additional information provided by Paige Day of Hydronalix.