VIDEO: Divers search lake after amputee loses £8k prosthetic leg

APPEAL: Roy Wright, who lost his false limb while diving at Lake Pier

APPEAL: Roy Wright, who lost his false limb while diving at Lake Pier

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VOLUNTEER divers are scouring the seabed for an £8,000 prosthetic leg belonging to the founder of an amputee charity.

Roy Wright, 45, lost the limb in the water at Lake Pier, Hamworthy, on Saturday. Within hours news of his plight had travelled across the social network, reaching amateur divers, including the Hamworthy Sub Aqua Club, who have devoted hours to the hunt.

As the Echo went to press the leg, which Roy customised with England football motifs, has not been found – but the divers were due to return last night, and have promised to continue the search.

Roy, from Addlestone in Surrey, said: “They’ve even spoken to someone with a cockleboat who is going to drag the seabed with a net to find it.

“I’m amazed – absolutely amazed – and that’s without all the people on the day who stripped off and searched the water, and all the kids with sticks probing the bottom to see if they could find it.

“It brought a tear to my eye – I felt very humbled.

“It has restored my faith in human nature 100 per cent.”

He also thanked the passer-by who jumped in fully clothed to pull him to safety after he dived off the end of pier, losing the leg and becoming caught in a dangerous current.

Roy, who is setting up a charity to give amputees holidays at Beacon Hill, is struggling on using a painfully ill-fitting spare limb.

He added: “I’m used to being a very active person.

“There is so much I need to do for the charity and this is holding everything up.”

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8:39am Tue 15 Jul 14

Ginny nz says...

What an idiot , does he have a death wish or something !!
What an idiot , does he have a death wish or something !! Ginny nz
  • Score: 3

8:55am Tue 15 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Did he dive of the end of the pier or just lose his foot in ? :)

If his artificial leg came off because of the strong current then it could be down by Boscombe pier by now, so i do not hold out much luck in finding it, unless it gets washed up ashore and that could be quite alarming for whoever finds it.
Did he dive of the end of the pier or just lose his foot in ? :) If his artificial leg came off because of the strong current then it could be down by Boscombe pier by now, so i do not hold out much luck in finding it, unless it gets washed up ashore and that could be quite alarming for whoever finds it. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: -1

9:24am Tue 15 Jul 14

a.g.o.g. says...

So all hands to the deck to help search for a leg that cost an arm as well- but don`t go overboard as its only a leg and not a life!
So all hands to the deck to help search for a leg that cost an arm as well- but don`t go overboard as its only a leg and not a life! a.g.o.g.
  • Score: -4

12:34pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I'd be hopping mad if that was me.
I'd be hopping mad if that was me. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

2:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

What a goon! Every year all the locals are warned NOT to jump off the pier at Lakeside because of the shallow ledge and strong current and this idiot has now found out why that is so!

No sympathy for the bloke :o/
What a goon! Every year all the locals are warned NOT to jump off the pier at Lakeside because of the shallow ledge and strong current and this idiot has now found out why that is so! No sympathy for the bloke :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 4

4:09pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Lewcee says...

Still better than the BBC for once - they say he jumped off a pier into a Dorset Lake at Hamworthy - not knowing that "Lakeside" and "Dorset Lakes" refer to areas of Poole Harbour.
Still better than the BBC for once - they say he jumped off a pier into a Dorset Lake at Hamworthy - not knowing that "Lakeside" and "Dorset Lakes" refer to areas of Poole Harbour. Lewcee
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Erik the viking says...

The Mirror aren't too bright either, clearly they don't understand good old feet and inches as they 'quote' the divers as saying the underwater visibility was six feet, no it wasn't, more like less than six inches. I should know, I was one of the divers involved.
The Mirror aren't too bright either, clearly they don't understand good old feet and inches as they 'quote' the divers as saying the underwater visibility was six feet, no it wasn't, more like less than six inches. I should know, I was one of the divers involved. Erik the viking
  • Score: 2

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