Academy Award winning Actor, Russell Crowe, was aided by the United States Coast Guard last Saturday afternoon.
The 48-year-old actor went kayaking with a pal off Cold Spring Harbor on the Long Island Sound when they got lost, according to the Associated Press.
As night fell, the two lost their way and headed for shore, eventually beaching their kayaks about 10 miles away from where they set out, the AP reports.
The Coast Guard was patrolling the area, and heard Crowe call out to them from the shore around 10 p.m. local time, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki told the AP, adding that the Gladiator actor, whom Swieciki didn’t recognize,” and Crowe’s friend paddled over to the boat. The Coast Guard officers pulled them up and, along with their kayaks, gave them a ride to Huntington Harbor, AP says.
Crowe, who is in the area filming a movie called Noah directed by Darren Aronofsky and set for release in 2014, later sent a shout-out to the Coast Guard members who assisted him and his friend. He tweeted on Sunday:
“He just needed a little bit of help; he just got a little lost. It wasn’t really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift.”
Mr Swieicki said no-one was injured and the two men were wearing life vests. He said the actor, who was grateful and friendly, seemed like he was a fairly experienced kayaker.
Crowe’s Twitter message, sent at about 1.30am yesterday, thanked the officers, and said he was out on the water for four and a half hours.
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“Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way…4 hrs 30 mins,” he wrote.
In another tweet, he made light of the experience: “Not lost, we knew where exactly where we were … we ran out of day.”
Crowe won an Oscar for best actor in “Gladiator.” He has appeared in various movies, including “Robin Hood,” “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind.”