Ear: Emily

If you will recall, Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (EMILY) is a lifesaving device for swimmers in trouble, and just this summer was deployed to rescue grateful members of a family in Rockaway Beach. 

Her sister is no slouch, either, and an innovator in her own right. "We sent Vernon Rummell out with a SONAR EMILY to join a special disaster response team to be first on the Island of Abaco (in the Bahamas) which was decimated by Hurricane Dorian," Anthony Mulligan, CEO/president of Hydronalix (emilyrobot.com) wrote.

"He immediately started EMILY on a side scan mission to map Marsh Harbor for sunken vessels to plot out a path for the first medical supply ship with doctors to come ashore … Vernon then made a full map on our software, which has been used for all the follow-on ship traffic." You can see the maps and photos, courtesy of Hydronalix, at bit.ly/BahamaEm

"The mission was big success — little EMILY cleared the shipping lane for disaster responders, doctors and critical supplies," he added proudly, and justifiably so. "EMILY accomplished this in only hours; past ways have always taken days." 

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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