Army Vet Loses Prosthetic Leg While Surfing, Boy Finds It While Treasure Hunting

Photo via Carter Hess on Facebook.

Back in April Carter Hess was peacefully surfing in St. Andrews when a rogue wave upturned him, knocking off his $3,000 custom made titanium prosthetic leg. Hess made it to the shore safely and later tried to look for the lost prosthetic. But a two-day-search was fruitful, the Panama City News Herald reported on May 15th.

When a miracle arrived in the form of Sebastian Morris, a 13-year-old boy from Santa Rosa Beach. He went for a treasure hunt with his father in May, and that’s when he dug out the most unusual artifact — a prosthetic limb mostly buried in the jetties of a park, roughly 30 feet away from the spot where Hess had been surfing.

The teen started a campaign online to try and locate the prosthetic’s owner. That’s when Hess’s friends discovered it and alerted him. 

Hess, Sebastian, and Sebastian’s family all met up for dinner, where the man and his leg finally reunited.

“Legends come in all shapes and sizes but if he keeps calling me Cinderella we then have problems,” Hess wrote on his Facebook account. “On a more “for real note”, I’m so thankful for Sebastian and the huge effort he and his family put into returning my surf leg to me this week. Such an outstanding young man.”

Hess had his leg amputated in 2012, after being injured while deployed to Afghanistan. This did not stop him from living life in its fullest and giving up sports and other activities.

“A lot of guys, especially treasure hunters, would have just put it in a trophy case — but he realized it could be important and someone could need it,” Hess said in his interview to the Panama City News about Sebastian. 


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