Russell Crowe, center, with Coast Guard petty officers Robert Swieciki, left, and Thomas Watson (©AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York's Long Island and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard boat and ferried to a harbor, officials said Sunday.
The 48-year-old actor was kayaking with a friend and launched from Cold Spring Harbor Saturday afternoon on the Long Island Sound, according to U.S. 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 10 miles east from where they had set out.
The U.S. Coast Guard was patrolling the area, and heard Crowe call out to them from the shore around 10 p.m., Swieciki said. Crowe, who played the captain of a British warship in 2003's "Master and Commander," and his friend, who Swieciki didn't recognize, 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 1:30 a.m. 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 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."
He's an actor. He is not a navigator, seaman, Spartan,, deformed opera-house dweller, or any other role he has taken on in his career. He's allowed to get lost just like the rest of us mortals.
This article makes it sound as if he has all the abilities his movie roles have portrayed; and that he somehow failed by getting lost. Reminds me of the old lady who beat up the actor who had the role of chasing the poor doctor trying to find the "one-armed man" who actually was the murderer. "Leave that poor man alone! she shouted. Fiction and fantasy are not reality.
My grandmother used to shout at the TV when her soap operas were on because she was convinced that whatever she saw on TV was true. Martin Milner and Kent McCord were in town to promote some picture. "Oh," said Granny, "There must be some big police case and they've been called in to solve it. They always get the criminal on Adam Twelve."