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Divers donate time to find lost prosthetic leg in Lanaudière lake

Divers help out with the search on Monday, July 27, 2015.
Divers help out with the search on Monday, July 27, 2015. Facebook

SAINT-DONAT – Professional divers are pitching in to help a Montreal man find his prosthetic leg, lost at the bottom of a Lanaudière lake.

On Friday, Maxime Lévesque, 31, went barefoot water-skiing on Lac Sylvère near Saint-Donat, two hours north of Montreal, when he hit a wave.

The impact tore his prosthesis off, sending it into the lake.

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The next day, Lévesque’s partner, Julie Kennedy, took to Facebook to ask for help to find it.

The response was astonishing: the call-out was shared around 9,000 times in less than three days, but the search area is up to 90 feet deep, so only experienced divers are able to take part.

Two divers gave up their time on Monday to scour the lake for the leg, but to no avail.

The zone is about 100 by 300 feet, according to Kennedy.

Another team of divers will be out Wednesday to continue the search.