A man who lost his prosthetic leg while surfing in Florida recovered it after a boy found it during a treasure hunt.
Army veteran Carter Hess was surfing in St Andrews Bay on Panama City Beach on April 11 when a wave knocked over his $ 3,000 (£ 2,457) titanium prosthetic limb surf.
“I knew immediately that it was beyond me,” Hess told the Panama City News Herald. “I surfed on much bigger waves and it never happened like that.”
Mr. Hess tried to search for two days, but to no avail, and weeks passed without any observation of the leg.
Then, 13-year-old Sebastian Morris spotted the prosthesis while scuba diving the Panama City jetties as part of a treasure hunt with his father Bobby.
The pair appealed on Facebook to help reunite the leg with its owner, writing: “During the scuba diving, Panama City Sebastian Morris Jetties found someone’s prosthetic leg.
“We are looking for the owner in the hope of returning him. Please contact us via this Facebook page.”
Less than a week later, they managed to locate Mr. Hess and return the prosthesis to him.
An update on the Facebook page said that Mr. Hess and Sebastian had met for dinner and got on well.
“Sebastian is happy to meet again [Mr Hess] with his special leg and was very excited to find out that Carter had lost him while surfing a few weeks before finding him, “reads the post.
“I am so proud of Sebastian and I think he made a new friend with Carter Hess.
“Carter was very generous in paying for dinner and gave Sebastian a reward for returning his leg.”
Hess also released an update praising Sébastien and calling him “an exceptional young man.”
“Legends come in all shapes and sizes but if he continues to call me Cinderella, we will have problems,” he joked.
“On a more real note, I am so grateful to Sebastian and the tremendous efforts he and his family have put into getting my surf leg back this week.”
Mr. Hess had his leg amputated in 2012 after being injured while serving in Afghanistan.
According to The Panama City News Herald, he plans to return to surfing – and could even join Sebastian on a diving mission.