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US teacher loses leg after he is hit by a boat propeller | Daily Mail Online
An American teacher lost his leg after being struck by a boat's propeller while scuba diving with a group of students in the Red Sea.
Jacob Bury, originally from Huntingtown, Maryland, has worked in Saudi Arabia as a youth activities consultant for a number of years and was taking a group of youngsters on an annual diving trip last week.
But as he jumped into the water to begin his dive on the second day of the trip on Tuesday Jacob, known as 'Jake' among his students, was dragged in by the powerful propeller and severely injured.
Horrified students and staff hauled him back on board the boat and first aiders managed to apply a tourniquet to stem the blood flow.
They then rushed back towards port so the teacher could receive life-saving treatment in the nearby city of Jeddah.
After hours of surgery Jake was left in stable condition, but doctors were unable to save his leg which had to be amputated at the knee.
Unfortunately for the teacher he did not qualify for US medical insurance, but his students stepped in to help him on the road to recovery.
They have since started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for his hospital expenses which has raised a massive $165,000 so far.
According to the GoFundMe page, Jake is 'in great spirits despite the circumstances' and is hoping to return to Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, where he lives, within the coming days.