Northwest Florida Roundup
EMILY devices transport flotation devices to struggling swimmers
Panama City Beach lifeguards will get some extra help this summer. The city’s Fire and Rescue Department recently teamed up with Gulf Coast State College to host a joint training exercise with unmanned, remotely operated water-rescue vehicles to improve safety and reduce response time to swimmers needing help.
Called EMILY — short for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard — the crafts are equipped with sonar technology, can skim across the water at about 35 mph and are about half the size of a small canoe. Wil Spivey, the city’s beach safety director, says EMILY devices will allow crews to quickly transport flotation devices to struggling swimmers before a lifeguard could reach them.
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