The incident happened in Vermont where double amputee skydiver, Chris Marckres of Hyde Park, was about to go skydiving for the first time. He said he leaped out of a plane at Vermont Skydiving Adventures in West Addison, but unfortunately, on the way down lost one of his prosthetic legs.
“I think my adrenaline was so high and I was just so excited, I didn’t realize I had lost it,” Chris told NECN in a phone interview Monday.
Fortunately, the skydiver was harnessed to an experienced instructor who was able to land him safely with only one prosthetic leg.
After Chris realized one of his prosthetic legs was lost, he decided to use all available means to track it down. Replacing his prosthetic leg would be very expensive. He posted a message on Facebook asking people who live in the area to keep their eyes out for it.
Local farmer, Joe Marszalkowski, who read the post decided to look for it.
“It was literally a needle in a haystack as far as trying to find it,” he said to NECN.
The next day he found the leg in his soybean field, almost completely intact. It only had a few scratches on it.
“I was very grateful to have found it without running it over with a machine this fall during harvest,” Joe said. “Or, God forbid, the combine sucked it up — it would’ve destroyed it.”
The farmer contacted the skydiver to inform him of his finding. Though Chris offered the “eagle-eyed” farmer a reward, Joe declined it.
“I can’t thank everybody enough, especially Joe,” Chris explained. “We kind of take for granted sometimes how many truly good people there still are in the world.”
The farmer said that just knowing he was able to help out a fellow from Vermont is enough reward for him.