Australia’s Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York’s Long Island and had to be rescued by a US Coast Guard boat.
The 48-year-old actor who lives on the edge of Sydney Harbour, was kayaking with a friend and launched from Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday afternoon on the Long Island Sound, according to US Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki.
As it got dark, the two got lost and eventually headed for shore, beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay, nearly 17km east from where they had set out.
The US Coast Guard was patrolling the area, and heard Crowe call out to them from the shore at about 10pm, Swieciki said.
Crowe and his friend, who Swieciki didn’t recognise, paddled over to the boat. The Coast Guard officers pulled them up and, along with their kayaks, gave them a ride to Huntington Harbor.
“He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost,” Swieciki said. “It wasn’t really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift.”
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 sent a Twitter message about 1.30am on Sunday thanking the officers, and saying he was out on the water four-and-a-half hours.
“Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way ...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km),” he wrote.
Crowe denies they were lost tweeting "not lost,we knew where exactly where we were, paddling around from csh into wind, we ran out of day. Grand adventure eh?"
Crowe is on Long Island filming a new movie called Noah in Oyster Bay. The biblical epic is directed by Darren Aronofsky and scheduled for release in 2014.
Crowe won an Academy Award for best actor for his role as a Roman soldier called Maximus in Gladiator.