Clapham student develops prosthetic fin so woman can learn to dive

Engineering student Lewis Jones, left, with divers Sue Wright and Nigel Ealand.

Engineering student Lewis Jones, left, with divers Sue Wright and Nigel Ealand.

First published in News

A mechanical engineering student from Clapham is helping to develop a prosthetic fin to enable a woman who lost a leg in a accident to learn to scuba dive.

Lewis Jones, 21, has been designing a prototype knee joint to help 53-year-old Sue Wright, a member of the British Sub Aqua Club, explore the underwater world as a fully qualified BSAC ocean diver.

Sue was severely injured when a van lost control, mounted the pavement and smashed into her.

Lewis said: “It’s proved difficult to come up with something that replicates the knee joint without the use of electronics. I have tried to keep it as simple as possible.

“I’ve dived myself so appreciate what Sue needs. She is a remarkable and incredibly inspirational lady.”

Sue, a former office manager, said she had been struggling to swim underwater as she could only use one fin on her right foot.

She added: “I get tired as my right leg, which was also badly damaged in the accident, has to do all the work.

“However, it’s not just about having a prosthetic leg I can use to help me fin, I also need to be able to wear it to get to and from the dive boat and so I can carry all my dive equipment.”

For more information about BSAC, the national governing body for scuba diving in the UK, go to www.bsac.com

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