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Dive team searches for man’s severed appendage

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The Midland County Sheriff's department dive team has been scouring Sanford Lake for a man's hand after it was severed by a propeller while he was tubing.

Authorities say a father and son were tubing when they fell off around 12:30 p.m. Monday. That's when the dad's arm was struck by a propeller, completely severing his arm about three-quarters of the way up.

The Midland County Dive/Rescue Unit was at the scene all afternoon and the injured man was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred right across from the Sanford Lake Park.

Authorities say the dive team had about five hours to find the appendage in order to surgically reattach it to the man. They also said leaving the arm in the water could be a health and safety problem.

"Due to the wave action and heavy waters, the boat got pushed into them," said Michigan Conservation Officer Jay Person. "The father was able to get the son mostly out of the way, but he was ultimately struck by the propeller of the boat."

So far, no trace of the arm has been found. Authorities said the father is in good spirits and will be flown to Ann Arbor's hospital for further treatment.

Police suggest that when boaters come around to pluck anyone out of the water to shut off the boat's engine in order to avoid this type of accident.

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