Oscar-winner Russell Crowe can’t thank the US Coast Guard enough as they had saved him after he lost his way kayaking through the waters off of Long Island, New York. He was picked up by a US Coast Guard boat and sent back to shore on Sunday.
Crowe, 48, was kayaking with a friend on Saturday afternoon. They had started from Cold Spring Harbor on the Long Island Sound. This was according to US Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki. Both Crowe and his friend got lost as it was already dark, but they eventually headed for shore. They beached their kayaks on Huntington Bay, about 10 miles east from Cold Spring Harbor.
The Coast Guard was patrolling the area when they heard Crowe calling out at around 10 p.m. At first, Swieciki did not recognize the actor. Crowe and his friend paddled over to the Coast Guard boat and they were pulled up, along with their kayaks and headed for Huntington Harbor.
“He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost,” Swieciki said. He added that it was not totally a rescue operation, but plainly similar to giving someone a lift.
No one was reportedly injured and both men were also wearing life vests. According to the Guard, Crowe appeared to be fairly experienced with kayaking and that the actor was friendly and thankful.
Crowe also tweeted at around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, thanking the officers and telling his followers that he was on the water for four and a half hours. He is reportedly on Long Island filming his upcoming movie, “Noah”, on Oyster Bay, scheduled for release in 2014.