People on 'ludes should not rescue people

pennsinking.jpgPenn, 45, said he was in the city to aid stranded victims of flooding sparked by Hurricane Katrina, but the small boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

The outspoken actor had planned to rescue children marooned by the waters, but apparently forgot to bung a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water moments after being launched.

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

Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help."

But with the boat loaded with members of the Oscar-winner's entourage, including his personal photographer, one bystander taunted: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"

The Courier-Mail: Singers protest, Penn paddles

Ok, I can't help it, this is funny.

While pretty funny, apparently he did actually rescue some people.

Posted September 5, 2005 3:15 PM