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Wounded Warrior Loses Prosthetic Arm While Fishing

11:14 AM, May 28, 2012   |    comments
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Boca Grande, FL -- A wounded warrior's fishing trip didn't go as planned this Memorial Day weekend.

He was participating in a Florida fishing tournament when the fish turned the tables on him.

"It went quick and the rod went down, the captain tried to throw in another hook into the water and cross over the line," said Jack Wiseman.

But it disappeared into the bottom of the Gulf.

"I have a special prosthetic that's got difference devices I can hook onto it," Wiseman explained. "All of a sudden the hand snapped off the prosthetic device, still hooked to the rod, and the rod and the reel and the hand went down into the water."

Wiseman's friend said, "For us it was funny, and that was the biggest thing. We said. 'You're gonna be a legend, you're the only guy that lost an arm out here yesterday.'"

But unlike most of these fishing stories, this one has a happy ending.

"Somebody else hooked that same fish and our rod with my hand was still attached to the rod and they brought it back to us. So that's my fishing story."

Eight Wounded Warriors were invited onto the boats during this weekend's Boca Grande Pass fishing tournament.

They say they've already been invited back to next year's event.

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