Prosthetic leg lost at sea, returned to owner

Prosthetic leg lost at sea, returned to owner

Matt Willingham, owner of the shrimp boat Michele Dawn, looks for indentifying features on a prosthetic leg at his dock in Valapraiso, Fla.

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by CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

(CBS/AP) LEXINGTON, Ky. - A fisherman was surprised when he hauled up a prosthetic leg from the Gulf of Mexico, and even more surprised when he was able to find its owner.

The leg is emblazoned with the logo from the University of Kentucky and the school’s wildcat mascot. Fisherman Matt Willingham says he contacted the manufacturer about finding the leg’s owner.

CBS affiliate WKYT-TV in Lexington reports that it belonged to Fred Robinson, who played on the school’s football team in the 1980s and had lost his leg in a work accident five years ago.

Robinson said he was shocked to find out someone found his $30,000 prosthetic leg.

Robinson, who now lives in Florida, said he lost the prosthetic while swimming over the Memorial Day weekend.

“At the end of the day we were coming back and goofing off and swimming in the bay,” said Robinson, “and I jumped in and I guess at some point in time when I was swimming it sucked my leg off.”

Upon the find, Willingham said “that’s not something you want to see at 2:00 AM, I was hoping I wasn’t going to find a body with it as well.”

Robinson is expected to receive his leg back Monday.

Matt Willingham, owner of the shrimp boat Michele Dawn, looks for indentifying features on a prosthetic leg at his dock in Valapraiso, Fla. (Nick Tomecek,AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News)

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