Sunday, July 26, 2009

SAR: JOY - 4-pound prosthetic leg found in Sacramento river

After a long search Wednesday, 30-year-old Todd Thompson of Cottonwood, assisted by two Shasta County sheriff's deputies, his mother and two family friends, finally found a 4-pound prosthetic leg that he lost last week when he fell off a Sea-Doo he was riding south of the Bonnyview boat ramp.

The titanium and aluminum prosthetic leg is valued at around $17,000, Thompson said.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office boating safety unit later learned of Thompson's loss, and deputies Cliff Schrader and Lou Berman invited Thompson; his mother, Vicky Thompson-Gregory; and two close family friends, Kim Guhy and Jim Huber, to ride along with them in their patrol boat to look for the leg.

But after a two-hour search, Thompson said their quest seemed hopeless and they decided to head back.

"It was not even close to looking for a needle in a haystack," he said.

As they did one more pass over the area, however, Thompson's mom spied the leg lying at the bottom of the river in about 4 feet of water, its inner lining flapping in the current.

Whole story at: Redding.com - Link

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