Man loses $15,000 prosthetic leg while skydiving, deputies say

Photo credit: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

A prosthetic leg was returned to its rightful owner after it was lost while skydiving.

Deputies in California said they received a strange call on Monday after a prosthetic leg was found at a lumber yard. A deputy took possession the intact leg and began searching the area for the owner.

After further investigation, it turned out an amputee went skydiving on Easter Sunday, and his prosthetic leg fell off mid-flight and 10,000 feet up in the air. When they landed, he and his friends searched the area but couldn’t find it.

The rightful owner, Dion, was contacted by the Sonomo County Sheriff’s Office, and his leg was returned by Monday afternoon. 

“Great guy, full of humor who said he lost his first leg in a freak skydiving accident two years ago but that hasn’t held him back. He jokingly quipped that this was his second leg lost while skydiving,” according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page.

The prosthetic leg was worth $15,000, and Dion said, according to deputies, that he is thankful it didn’t injured anyone or break anything.

“He promises to make a tether and learn from this but fully plans to stick with his passion,” according to the Facebook post. “Good luck Dion!! Great spirit!!!”