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.
Asked what he was doing in the disaster zone, Penn said, "Whatever I can do to help."
Penn had planned to rescue children and adults in the 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 paper reports that one bystander taunted the actor saying, "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"
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