Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Trout treat to fish finger shocker

A human finger found inside a trout at an Idaho lake

A human finger found inside a fish at an Idaho lake has been traced to a wakeboarder who lost four digits in an accident more than two months earlier.

Fisherman Nolan Calvin found the finger while he was cleaning a trout he caught in Priest Lake on September 11. He put it in ice and called the sheriff's office in Bonner County, the Spokesman-Review newspaper said.

Detectives were able to get a fingerprint from the severed digit and matched it to a fingerprint card for Haans Galassi, 31, of Colbert, Washington, and called him on Tuesday.

Investigators learned that Galassi lost four fingers from his left hand in a June 21 accident on the same lake where the fish was caught.

"The sheriff called me and told me he had a strange story to tell me," Mr Galassi said. "He said that a fisherman was out on Priest Lake and I pretty much knew exactly what he was going to say at that point. I was like, 'Let me guess, they found my fingers in a fish'."

The fish was caught about eight miles from where Mr Galassi had lost his fingers, the sheriff's office said.

Mr Galassi had been on a camping trip at the scenic lake when he decided to go wakeboarding. He told the newspaper his hand got caught in a loop in the towline, and he could not pull it out before the line tightened behind the boat that was going to pull him.

When he finally broke free, he did not feel much pain, but then looked at his hand. "I pulled my hand out of the water and it had pretty much lopped off all four fingers," he said. "It was a lot of flesh and bone, not a lot of blood."

He was taken by helicopter to a Spokane hospital. Mr Galassi has been undergoing therapy twice a week for his injured hand.

The sheriff's office offered to return the finger, but Mr Galassi declined. "I'm like, 'Uhhh, I'm good'," he said.

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