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September 5, 2005

Katrina Victim's: Sean Penn To The Rescue - Well, Almost!

Topics: Natural Disasters

Sean "John Wayne" Penn, infamous actor turned want-a-be journalist/political activist/hurricane rescuer badly muffed his "appearance" as a Katrina rescuer when he forgot to put the plug in the bottom of the boat he was "piloting" - it sank!

EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

Mr Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.

When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.

From the article, comes the defining question: "With the boat loaded with members of Penn's entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"

Sean's "Kodak moment" sank with his boat.

Gateway Pundit writes that "this story is traveling around the world from The Australian to The Turkish Press."

(image by California Conservative - with commentary)

Hog On Ice has some great commentary, including: Penn "launched a small boat, partly filled with his entourage and a photographer, in order to rescue people in New Orleans. And the boat "sprang a leak" and started to sink. While hurricane victims made fun of him for loading the boat with useless people." Maybe some people think he should have just stayed home relaxing and just sent relief money or car donations to people that lost their vehicles instead..

Hat tip - Scared Monkeys and Gateway Pundit

Other coverage - Chad at In The Bull Pen and Florida Cracker (with another image).

Posted by Richard at September 5, 2005 8:29 PM

Only half the story is told here. Is it an attempt to smear Sean Penn by telling only half the story or is it just plain old fashioned blatant ignorance? You tell me. WHY DIDN'T YOU REPORT THE ENTIRE STORY?

NEW ORLEANS - Sean Penn took matters into his own hands yesterday, launching a boat in a personal effort to rescue New Orleans families stranded by Hurricane Katrina.
The Oscar-winning actor and political activist managed to reach several people who had been trapped in their homes since the hurricane hit Monday.

Penn, who was accompanied by his personal photographer and a crew of helpers, brought the victims to dry land - and gave them cash as well.

Johnnie Brown, 73, a retired custodian, called his sister on a cell phone after being plucked from his flooded house. “Guess who come and got me out of the house? Sean Penn the actor. Them boys were really nice,” he said.

Penn later accompanied a few of them to a hospital.

Asked what he was doing in the disaster zone, Penn said, “Whatever I can do to help.”

“There’s a lot of people out there,” Penn said. “There’s bodies everywhere. We could only do so many houses.”

The outspoken Penn has made several forays into political activism. He visited Iraq in the weeks before the U.S. launched the war to topple Saddam Hussein and recently journeyed to Iran and wrote a series of stories about life in the Islamic republic.

Originally published on September 5, 2005

Posted by: Ralph at September 6, 2005 2:57 PM

I fail to see where the real story isn't clear. Sean Penn sinking his own boat via his failure to put the plug in the bottom of a flat bottom boat that all but the least simpleton knows is there for a purpose - is the story. As for his reason for being there, that's not the point. He was there, he messed up, and was out of his league, as usual.

The guy was looking for a Kodak moment and screwed it up. That is the story - period!

As to the related items, you'll find that the post is linked to THREE DIFFERENT NEWS SOURCES.

Posted by: Richard at September 6, 2005 3:08 PM

What a Kodak moment. I am sure that there are two sides to the story. It is great that some people were rescued, but Sean Penn needs to take a leaf out of the book of people like John Travolta (I remember hearing about either John Travolta or your other Sci-Fi friend, helping people in need without the fanfare. I think it was John Travolta who has done this on more than one occasion because I cannot imagine the ex-husband of Nicole Kidman rescuing anybody) who have rescued people without the entourage in the background. In fact the only reason that the story got out is because the people who were rescued told the story.

This is a funny story, but I do not doubt that Penn was at least making an effort (to be seen rescuing people)


Posted by: Maggie4Life Author Profile Page at September 7, 2005 6:02 AM

Sean Penn's boat sank? Yeah, right. And Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, etc. Just more Republican bullcrap.

Posted by: Richard at September 8, 2005 1:01 PM

John, you need to lighten up a bit. Down here in the South when someone forgets to plug his flatboat, we give'um all kinds of grief - and when you have to bail out your boat, it's called sinking. Damned stupid thing to do.

I once did the same thing, and boy to catch hell for it. Lucky thing I was only ten years old.

Posted by: Richard at September 8, 2005 1:41 PM

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