The amazing rescue by the Coast Guard of a man on a boat capsizing in monster surf has an odd backstory. It seems the Pirate captaining the boat had stolen her mere days after performatively leaving a fish on the porch of the "Goonies" house in Astoria, Oregon. After the rescue was aired on news and became a hit on the internet, authorities received a number of calls identifying the boat thief as the Goonies fish-gifter.
On Wednesday, police in Astoria, Oregon, received a report that a man had left a dead fish on the porch of the house used in the "The Goonies," police said in a news release. The 1985 comedy adventure was based on a story by Steven Spielberg.
CNN affiliate KGW reported that surveillance video at the house showed the man laying the fish on the porch and making a cell phone video of it before walking away. Police searched two days for the man, identified as 35-year-old Jericho Labonte.
On Friday morning, the Coast Guard received a mayday broadcast from a man piloting a boat at the mouth of the Columbia River, the agency said in a series of tweets.
Coast Guard video showed two helicopters arriving to find the boat being tossed by waves, the Coast Guard said on Twitter.
Here is video of the gentleman leaving the fish:
…and here is his own video of the event!
…and this is an obligatory truffle shuffle!