Remote-controlled lifeguard hits the beach

August 17, 2012 7:31:02 PM PDT
It won't get noticed for having a great suntan, but the newest lifeguard on the beach could make body-surfing much safer.

It's a remote controlled life-saving device called EMILY, which stands for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard.

The small flotation device is controlled from the shore and allows human lifeguards to reach swimmers in trouble faster and more safely.

The flotation device is similar to a jet ski but is much smaller. It can reach speeds of about 20 miles per hour.

The life-saving unit costs about $10,000. It's being used in a half a dozen beach cities around the country. Last week, it made its first ocean rescue in Oregon.