From an AP story in The Bellingham Herald:

_A [Washington state] fisherman had two of his fingertips reattached after cutting them off to free himself from a sinking boat, his employer said Tuesday.

[William] Messenger, 51, cut his trapped fingertips with a pocket knife just minutes before his future son-in-law, Jarrod Todd, arrived with help and tools, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said._