The theme song for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants sings “Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!” They weren’t kidding. This Coast Guard press release tells the story of how SpongeBob (a Nerf football with his face on it) helped save a sinking boat after a Coast Guard crew responded to a rescue call.
Upon dewatering the vessel, a large crack in the vessel’s exhaust pipe was revealed as the source of the flooding. The best solution was to plug the exhaust hole externally with a round object, and rescuers began searching the vessel for something that fit the bill.
“I wish we had our football,” said Petty Officer Second Class Daniel Bartholomew of the rescue crew. Finally, a crewmember aboard the Clam Juice grabbed a Sponge Bob Nerf football that was down below.
True to Sponge Bob’s character, the squishy football sealed the hole perfectly and allowed the Clam Juice to be towed to Browns Yacht Yard for more permanent repairs.
You can read more on the Coast Guard homepage.