If you’re looking at the picture of Russel Crowe to your left, I could perhaps get away with telling some folks that the actor was laughing at a joke when this picture was taken, or I could be more practical and say the film star was addressing a couple of photographers that irritated him while on the set. Both of these stories might sound unbelievable at the present time, but I’ve known folks that have told much greater lies and were believed. Need I remind you of what a particular politician once said? Never-mind. I’m sure you get it.
So after a sensible reading of the reports concerning Russell Crowe’s recent kayaking adventure, it appears from Crowe’s tweeted statement, which reads, “Not lost, we knew exactly where we were, paddling around from csh [Cold Spring Harbour] into wind, we ran out of day. Grand adventure eh?” that the actor was communicating exactly how events unfolded as he understood them. News? Yes, since Crowe is a celebrity, almost anything he does is news to his fans. Serious rescue news? Absolutely not!
No question that the incident is quite an interesting story, but a rescue story? Once again, just think about what the actor tweeted: “Not lost, we knew exactly where we were…we [just] ran out of day.”
Was Russell Crowe joking when he tweeted “Not lost…, [just] ran out of day? Not really, or perhaps both levity and honesty could be understood by the statement.
That’s not to say, the reports that the actor was lost and had to be rescued by the United States Coast Guard are false; they simply don’t present the full picture told by the evidence.
The Gladiator star was with his personal trainer when they lost their bearings and ended up in Huntington Bay, almost ten miles from Cold Spring Harbor, where they set out.
Crowe and his friend were still on the water when darkness fell and decided to head for shore in Huntington Bay, nearly 16km east from where they had started.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki was patrolling the area and heard the 48-year-old actor call out from the shore around 10 p.m., local time.
Swieciki told the AP that the Gladiator actor, and his friend paddled over to the boat. The officer pulled them up, along with their kayaks, and gave them a ride to Huntington Harbor, AP says.
“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,” Officer Swieciki told New York Daily News.
“It wasn’t really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift.”
No one was injured during their adventure and Russell has laughed about their slight mishap on Twitter.
“@Chris_Feather Have you recovered from our Bear Grylls adventure yet? Might have been eagle eggs for breakfast! You make your own luck mate (sic),” the actor joked.
Crowe also wrote: “Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way … 4 hrs 30 mins, 7m. (sic)”
The picture here published of Russell Crowe leaning forward at the top of this article was simply a snapshot of the Gladiator actor doing what he does best, acting. I could ad more to the description or I could tell a different story altogether, but if I’m reporting news as a journalist, I should perhaps stick to points that convey the most complete and accurate story the evidence conveys.
What do you think?
Was this a legitimate rescue or simply the Coast Guard giving the actor a lift?
I concede, it’s quite an entertaining story, especially if you’re a Russell Crowe fan. But my goodness mates, when I first read the headlines I thought it was a much more serious situation than the facts presented indicated.
Maybe it’s just me.
Contributor D. Chandler