Strangest Arrest of the Week? Yacht Captain Rescued Amid Choppy Seas Is Allegedly Canadian Fugitive Wanted for Leaving a Dead Fish at The Goonies House but Canada Doesn’t Want Him Back

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Header Image: Jericho Labonte is accused of stealing a yacht after putting dead fish on a porch and dancing around the house from The Goonies. He was rescued by the Coast Guard on Feb. 3, 2023. (Image via Victoria Police)

A dead fish, The Goonies house, and a Canadian fugitive.

Several worlds collided on Friday morning off the coast of Oregon when the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man also wanted by law enforcement in Canada.

Jericho Labonte, 35, was arrested on Friday evening, hours after leaving a hospital, on charges of first-degree theft, endangering another person, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and second-degree criminal mischief, Portland Fox affiliate KPTV reports.

He’s also wanted by authorities in British Columbia for criminal harassment, mischief, and failure to comply with officers.

Canadian authorities said the charges aren’t enough to warrant his extradition back home, though.

First, came the miraculous rescue.

The captain of the smallish P/C Sandpiper sent a “Mayday” broadcast. Lucky for him, two Coast Guard aircrews were on a nearby training mission and caught wind of the distress signal, sending word to authorities at Cape Disappointment.

“[T]he aircrews arrived on scene to find the vessel floundering in the surf!” the U.S. Coast Guard wrote on Twitter. “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. As he entered the water the vessel capsized but the rescue swimmer was able to safely recover the individual. He was flown back to Coast Guard Base Astoria where EMS was waiting to evaluate and treat the man.”

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Yacht Captain Rescued Amid Choppy Seas Is Allegedly Canadian Fugitive Wanted for Leaving a Dead Fish at The Goonies House but Canada Doesn’t Want Him Back