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The finger-in-the-dike story, updated (with coffee)

An old fable — that a young Dutch boy stuck his finger in a hole in a dike, thereby preventing disaster — has a contemporary counterpart. Reportedly this new story is true. The 24 Oranges blog reports:

Fireman saves 65 coffee containers by putting foot in ship’s leak

Last Friday a diver of the Schoonhoven fire department saved millions of Dutch people a few jittery hours when he put his foot against the wall of a ship carrying coffee to stop water from flowing in.

The captain of the river boat Salamanca had noticed on Thursday evening that his boat, which was moored to the quay, was suddenly deeper in the water, Schuttevaer reports….

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