Linebacker loses hand in boating accident

Updated: October 24, 2003, 2:12 AM ET

SALT LAKE CITY -- Dixie State linebacker Cade Fullmer has been released from the hospital after losing his right hand in a boating accident.

Fullmer, 19, South Jordan, was injured Monday at Quail Creek Reservoir near Hurricane.

Fullmer was riding on an inflated tube tethered to a boat when the tube hit a wave and caught some air, causing the rope to suddenly twist tightly around Fullmer's right wrist, football coach Greg Croshaw told the Deseret Morning News.

"There was some slack in the rope. When the boat turned, the rope somehow wrapped around his hand and took it off," Croshaw said.

Nearly a dozen members of the Washington County Search and Rescue dive team rushed to the lake to try to retrieve Fullmer's hand.

"The doctor told us the hand would be viable until about midnight that night, but they couldn't find it," he said.

Fullmer had surgery the next morning and was released from the hospital on Thursday. Croshaw said the plan had an appointment Friday in Salt Lake City to be prepared for a prosthetic hand."

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