Divers pull Paralympic hopeful’s prosthetic from ocean floor

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Divers from the Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety team wave after they DeWalt Mix’s lost a prosthetic leg, right, after searching the ocean off Long Beach, Calif., Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Mix had lost the prosthetic the previous Sunday. Combined teams from the fire and police departments continued searching in deep, murky water until it was found three days later. (Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rescue divers have pulled Paralympic hopeful DeWalt Mix’s prosthetic leg from the bottom of a Long Beach marina following several days of searching.

Mix, who is training for Tokyo’s 2021 Paralympics, lost the leg Sunday as he was climbing back into a friend’s boat after paddle-boarding.

Long Beach Fire Department divers looked for it until dark Sunday, spent all day searching Monday, then came up with it Tuesday after obtaining more details on exactly where it slipped off.

A joyful Mix said Wednesday he’d given up hope of finding the leg and praised the divers for continuing to search.

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