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  • Caught On Video: Wild Rescue On Columbia River Mouth

    Coast Guard rescues mariner in distress as wave capsizes vessel near mouth of Columbia River

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    Astoria, Ore. –

    The Coast Guard rescued a mariner in distress approximately 6 miles west of the Columbia River mouth Friday, Feb. 3. Multiple units responded and saved the mariner as the disabled 35-foot vessel Sandpiper was capsized by a breaking wave.

    At 10 a.m., Sector Columbia River watchstanders received an audible MAYDAY call via VHF marine-band radio channel 16. No further information was provided in the radio transmission. An approximate position of the distress call origin was determined using radio tower triangulation.

    A Station Cape Disappointment crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew of the Advanced Rescue Helicopter School launched from Station Cape Disappointment. Multiple crews of the National Motor Lifeboat School who were conducting training in the area also diverted to respond. Coast Guard crews were on scene at approximately 10:40 a.m.

    On scene personnel communicated with the distressed mariner and learned that the vessel was taking on water. On scene conditions were reported to be 20-foot seas and extremely high windspeeds.

    The rescue swimmer, a student of the Advanced Helicopter Rescue School, was deployed to the water using a winch cable before swimming toward the vessel. As the swimmer made his approach, a breaking wave capsized the vessel. The mariner was ejected from the vessel as a result and suffered minor injuries.

    The swimmer proceeded to retrieve the mariner from the water and both were hoisted to the helicopter using a winch cable.

    The survivor was transported to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Air Station Astoria and was in stable condition when transferred from the Coast Guard's care.

    After the mariner was released to the care of emergency medical personnel, local authorities notified the Coast Guard that the individual is suspected to have stolen the vessel. Astoria Police Department is leading that investigation.

    As a rescue swimmer, this was Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class John "Branch" Walton's first life saved. Hours later, he and his classmates graduated from the Advanced Rescue Helicopter School.
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  • #2
    Man who allegedly left a dead fish at the 'Goonies' house rescued from rough seas near stolen yacht

    The man was taken into custody late Friday at a warming center near Astoria, Oregon, police said.

    Feb. 3, 2023, 11:56 PM PST
    By Dennis Romero
    Unknowing rescuers plucked a man accused of placing a dead fish at an Oregon house featured in "The Goonies" from rough waters Friday, moments after the yacht he'd been on capsized, authorities said.

    The man, later identified as Jericho Labonte, 35, of Victoria, British Columbia, was taken into custody Friday after a number of people recognized him, police in Astoria, Oregon, said in a statement.

    Authorities started pursuing Labonte after receiving a report Wednesday that he posted a video on Facebook that showed him placing the dead fish on the porch of the residence, police said. The home is nicknamed after "The Goonies," Steven Spielberg's 1985 boyhood adventure film in which the house appears.

    But it wasn't until after the U.S. Coast Guard shared a video Friday showing a dramatic rescue that authorities learned the boat in the video had been stolen and the man rescued was believed to be Labonte, police said.

    Astoria police said Labonte was wanted on allegations of theft, endangering another person, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and criminal mischief. Astoria Police Chief Stacy Kelly said some of the allegations were from preexisting cases in British Columbia, according to the Associated Press.

    Video of the rescue taken from onboard a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter showed a person, later identified as Labonte, alone on a 35-foot vessel, which had put out a mayday call and was taking on water, the Coast Guard said. A rescue swimmer is seen cutting rapidly toward them through the rough seas until a wave neared, he went overboard, and the boat capsized.

    The rescue swimmer took the wave head on, got under it, and emerged to grab the suspect, according to the the video and Coast Guard statements.

    A helicopter crew hoisted the two up to safety, the agency said.

    Later in the day, police were informed by the Port of Astoria security chief that the vessel from the rescue had been stolen from the port. Several residents also called to say they recognized the man rescued as Labonte, police said.

    By the time Labonte was identified as the suspect, he had been released from Columbia Memorial Hospital following his rescue, police said.

    Officers later arrested him about 17 miles south of Astoria in Seaside, Oregon, at a warming center for people who need shelter, Astoria police said late Friday night.

    An attempt to reach Labonte was unsuccessful.

    The rescue took place about 6 miles west of the mouth of the Columbia River off the Oregon Coast, according to Coast Guard. The seas off the coast were measured as high as 20 feet Friday, federal forecasters said.

    The brave rescuer was identified late Friday as Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class John “Branch” Walton. It was his first life saved as a rescue swimmer and he graduated later that day from the Coast Guard’s Advanced Helicopter Rescue School, the agency said.

    Astoria, a city on the Columbia River, is roughly 100 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon.

    A Kansas City entrepreneur bought the Victorian "Goonies" house in the city in December for $1.65 million, keeping his identity under wraps until the deal closed in January, according to reports from NBC affiliates KING of Seattle and KGW of Portland. The latter described buyer Behman Zakeri as a ‘Goonies’ “superfan” who intends to preserve the property as a place where the film’s other fans can visit and take selfies.

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    • #3
      Steal a boat, go jail.

      And he's lucky to be alive!


      • #4
        When did leaving a dead fish on a porch become illegal?

        Asking for a friend