As reported by CNN, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest district released a video on Friday of the daring rescue, in which the man, identified as Jericho Labonte, 35, of Victoria, British Columbia, was rescued from a sinking ship.
“The surf made rescue by boat dangerous, so the aircrew decided to lower the rescue swimmer and have the owner enter the water for rescue,” the Coast Guard said. “As he entered the water the vessel capsized but the rescue swimmer was able to safely recover the individual.”
Authorities later confirmed the boat was stolen, and Labonte was arrested after the rescue.
“On February 3, 2023, we received a call from Port Security Chief Matt Hansen informing us that the vessel involved in the Coast Guard rescue earlier in the day was stolen from the Port of Astoria,” the department said in a news release. “He recognized the vessel on the video, contacted the owner, and confirmed that it had been stolen.”
In a bizarre turn of events, law enforcement in Astoria, Oregon, said Labonte was wanted for leaving a dead fish on the porch of the home used in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 classic comedy The Goonies.
Police received a call on Feb. 1 saying that Labonte “had posted a video of himself on Facebook placing a dead fish on the front porch of the Goonies’ house.” He was arrested Friday evening at the Seaside Warming Center, a shelter in Astoria.
Labtone is also wanted on criminal harassment, mischief and failure to comply cases in British Columbia.