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Drastic measure

JUNE 27 — A Washington state fisherman who decided he couldn’t wait to be rescued used a pocket knife to cut off two of his fingertips after his hand became pinned between a log and his sinking boat.

The 51-year-old man was fishing aboard his 16-footer with another man Sunday on the Wynooche River when rapids pushed the boat into a log jam, trapping the man’s index and middle fingers, an Associated Press news report says. As the boat filled with water, the second man, who is 29, climbed ashore to search for help.

Afraid the boat would sink before help arrived, the man used his pocket knife to cut off the two fingertips, says the report. The other man arrived only minutes later with nearby residents and tools.

“Hindsight is 20-20. If he’d have known help was not that far away, he might have held off taking the steps that he did,” the other boater says in the report.

The man was taken to a hospital in Seattle where he was listed in satisfactory condition, according to the report. It was not immediately clear if surgeons were able to reattach the man’s fingertips.

Jason Fell