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Boy catches ‘severed foot’ while fishing

The 'foot' (AP Photo/Lake County Sheriff's Office via the Daily Herald)

Relax, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. From the Associated Press:

ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) — A boy fishing in a northern Illinois lake hooked — and then lost — what he thought was a human foot, but a search determined the appendage had belonged to a mannequin.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that divers and sonar teams spent nearly 10 hours searching Lake Marie, near Antioch, before they located the fake foot Wednesday evening.
Authorities say the boy reeled the foot to within three feet of his boat before it fell back into the murky water.
Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief John Skillman says the search was launched because the boy was considered a reliable source.