Russell Crowe Rescued by Coast Guard After Kayaking Mishap

Oscar winner and a pal get lost while paddling off the coast of Long Island past nightfall

By Alexis L. Loinaz Sep 04, 2012 12:29 PMTags
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Russell Crowe knows a thing or two about saving the day onscreen, but it was the Gladiator star who needed a little rescuing over the weekend.

The 48-year-old was bailed out by the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday after he and a friend got lost while kayaking off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., according to authorities.

Crowe and his pal reportedly launched from Cold Spring Harbor and were paddling around Long Island Sound when they lost their way. By nightfall, the two supposedly beached their kayaks in Huntington Bay, which is about 10 miles from where they first started.

The duo hunkered down until about 10 p.m. when they were spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard, who heard the two calling out to them and swooped in to give the men and their kayaks a lift back to safety.

Crowe later took to Twitter to give props to the crew: "Kayak;Cold Spring/Huntington Harbour, thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km)."

He also made light of the mishap, tweeting, "not lost, we knew where exactly where we were, paddling around from csh into wind, we ran out of day. Grand adventure eh."

Coast Guard officers, meanwhile, were abuzz over their brush with the Oscar winner.

"It is common for the Coast Guard to assist boaters like this, but it was very cool to help Russell Crowe and his friend," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Swieciki, per Reuters.

The actor is currently on location in Long Island to shoot Noah, Darren Aronofsky's ambitious take on the eponymous biblical figure and his famous ark.

Note to Crowe: better start getting used to the water. We all know how that epic story turned out.