Lost artificial leg found near dock

Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Hours after the Coast Guard abandoned the search for an artificial leg lost in the Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan, the limb was spotted bobbing near an inn's dock Tuesday morning.

Paul Shaultz of Wrangell lost his prosthetic leg in a fall aboard a barge at about 2 a.m., the Coast Guard said

A Coast Guard boat crew searched for the missing prosthetic, valued at $8,000, until about 3:30 a.m. before giving up and taking a slightly injured Shaultz to shore where he caught a taxi to Ketchikan General Hospital.

The leg was spotted at about 7:39 a.m. floating near the dock at the Narrows Inn. The Coast Guard planned to express mail the leg to Shaultz in Wrangell.



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