Emily, acronym for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving lanyard, is the name of a real marine robot: it has no arms or eyes but it has a solid strong structure which allows it to survive hard conditions and rescue up to 8 people at the same time.
Emily is 2 metres long, made of kevlar ans other materials generally used in aerospace industry, it weighs 11 kg and it is operated by a remote control which allows it to move fast and operate in weather and surf conditions that would make other rescue attempts impractical. Once reached victims in sea, Emily comeS back to land through a rope. It is provided with a radio and a camera.
The price of this robot, designed and produced by Hydronalix, a company specialised in marine robotics, is rather low (10,000 USD) and this has allowed many rescue teams to use it. Emily is used on the beaches of California, Oregon and Rhode Island since 2010. Last year, it was used during the rescue operations off the coasts of Lesbo to rescue over 250 asylum seekers victims of a shipwreck during their desperate trip.
Emily has a so solid structure it can be launched even from a ship deck or an helicopter. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is investing to produce some devices which can spend more time in water and in hardest conditions than Emily and which can be used in climatic data monitoring operations.