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