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Man rescued by Coast Guard suspected of leaving dead fish outside ‘Goonies’ home


Goonies never say dead fish.

A man accused of dumping a dead fish on the porch of a house from the movie “The Goonies” has been rescued by the Coast Guard after his stolen yacht capsized in turbulent waters on Friday, Oregon authorities said.

Police said Jericho Labonte, 35, was arrested following the rescue at the mouth of the Columbia River, which flows through Oregon and Washington before opening to the Pacific Ocean.

Police in Astoria, Ore, said Labonte had been wanted by authorities since Wednesday for allegedly selling off fish.

After the rescue, Labonte was transported by helicopter to the Astoria Coast Guard Base, where he was treated for mild hypothermia before being taken to a hospital.

Local authorities said they recognized Labonte from the video of the rescue shared on social media.

a video posted by the Coast Guard depicts a rescue swimmer being lowered into the water from a helicopter hovering overhead. He swims to the yacht, which is then rolled by a huge wave, before reaching Labonte and helping him out of the river.

By the time the police arrived at the hospital to arrest Labonte, he had already been released. Officers later managed to catch and arrest him, but gave no further details.

“It’s been a really strange 48 hours,” said Astoria Police Chief Stacy Kelly.

Labonte was wanted on charges of theft, endangering another person, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal mischief.

He was also wanted in Canada on charges of criminal harassment, mischief and non-compliance. Those allegations, in his native British Columbia, date back to last fall.

With News Wire Services

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