Camper's finger found inside a fish

Ruth Doherty
Camper's finger found inside a fish
Camper's finger found inside a fish

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A human finger found inside a fish on a lake in Idaho has been traced back to a holidaymaker who lost four fingers in a wake boarding accident in July.

Fisherman Nolan Calvin found the finger when he was cleaning the trout he caught on 11 September.

He put the digit on ice and immediately called the sheriff's office in Bonner County, Idaho.

Detectives were able to get a print from the severed finger, and matched it to a fingerprint card for Hans Galassi, who, they learned, had lost four fingers from his left hand on 21 July in a wake boarding accident on the same lake where the fish was caught.

According to the Telegraph, Mr Galassi said: "The sheriff called me and told me he had a strange story to tell me.

"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."

Mr Galassi, 31, was on a camping trip when he decided to go for a wakeboard. He told the Spokesman-Review newspaper his hand got caught in a loop created by slack in the line and he couldn't get it out before the line tightened.

He said: "I pulled my hand out of the water and it had pretty much lopped off all four fingers.
"It was a lot of flesh and bone, not a lot of blood."

He was then taken by helicopter to a Spokane hospital, and receives therapy for his injured hand.

The sheriff's office offered to return his finger, but Mr Galassi declined. The other three digits have not been found.

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