The author of the bestselling novella “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” remained in serious condition Sunday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but his son said his father’s condition has improved “markedly.”
Richard Bach, 76, was seriously injured Friday when he crashed his small, amphibious plane while attempting to land on a grass airstrip on San Juan Island. He suffered a head injury, as well as broken bones.
James Marcus Bach said his father was lucid Sunday. He still had tubes down his throat that prevented him from speaking, but he was responding to commands and seemed to understand what was going on around him.
“We’re very upbeat,” James Bach said. “I think it’s as good as it can possibly be.”
Bach’s admirers posted messages of concern and support on a Facebook page devoted to the author, whose themes of optimism and noncomformance resonated with many people around the world.
James Bach said he never realized how heartening it would be to hear from his father’s fans. He and his siblings have been monitoring Twitter traffic.
“It really makes me feel better,” he said. “I don’t know that my father realizes how many people he’s touched.”
Richard Bach has lived in Washington’s San Juan Islands for the past 20 years.