Skooter reporting 09/26/12
Nolan Calvin, a fisherman was cleaning the truot he caught Sept 11 at Idaho’s Priest Lake, and with luck he found a human finger inside the fish. The said finger has been traced to a wakeboarder who lost four fingers in an accident more than couple of months earlier.
Calvin put it on ice and called the Bonner County, Idaho, sheriff's office, and were able to get a fingerprint off the severed digit, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported. They matched it to a fingerprint card for Haans Galassi, 31, of Colbert, Wash., and rung him Tuesday morning.
It was learned that Galassi lost four fingers from his left hand in a June 21 accident on the same lake where the fish was caught.
At the time of the accident, Galassi was on a camping trip at the lake when he decided to go wakeboarding. His hand got caught in a loop in the towline, and he couldn’t pull it out before the line tightened behind the boat that was going to pull him. Eventually, he broke free from the line and didn’t feel pain, but then he looked at his hand, there was a lot of flesh and bone, not a lot blood, he said. He was air transported to a Spokane hospital for treatment.
About eight miles the fish was caught from where Galassi had lost his fingers, the sheriff's office said. Galassi went through therapy twice a week for his injured hand. He still has half of his index and pointer fingers on that hand and according to him he can still grip things and grab and hold the car’s steering wheel with it.
The sheriff's office offered to return the finger, but Galassi declined.
"I'm like, 'uhhh, I'm good,'" he said.
They will keep the fingers for a few weeks, Detective Sgt. Gary Johnston of the sheriff's office said, just in case Galassi changes his mind.