"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.
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.
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?""
Thank you, Sean Penn. You have given me a good laugh with your cup-bailing, motor-failing, entourage-laden boating misadventure. The above quote doesn't mention that the motor didn't work and Penn and his compatriots had to paddle the boat down the street. Probably using the cup all the way. Considering the horrible, tragic stories coming in Katrina's wake, I'll take a laugh anywhere I can get it.