When skydiver Dion Calloway's prosthetic leg came loose at 10,000 feet then fell to earth in Sonoma County on Sunday, he figured he had lost his left leg for a second time.
Calloway, of Santa Rosa, was laughing on Monday night, amazed that his $15,000 prosthetic leg looks exactly like it did before he and some friends went skydiving in Cloverdale.
"It doesn’t look like it’s damaged at all," he said.
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Calloway recounted what happened: "Right out the door, I felt it loosen up. It came off about six inches. I reached back and put it back on and thought it would stay. I flew up to the circle, and I watched it take off."
Off and lost forever. Or so Calloway thought.
Fortunately, the leg happened to land on top of a somewhat forgiving pile of sawdust at a lumber yard right next door to the airport. An employee on Monday told deputies a man with a prosthetic leg had jumped the day before.
Calloway lost his natural left leg two years ago during a skydiving accident.
"What I tried to do was like a high-speed landing and just messed up," he recalled. "I came in too low, too fast. I exploded the heel."
When asked if he’d ever go skydiving again, Calloway replied: "Yep. Absolutely. Next weekend."
During his next jump, Callaway said he’ll be taking precautions to keep his wits and his leg about him.
"The owner of Norcal Skydiving built a tether that basically goes around my waist, around the leg here and then around the lower leg," he explained.