Russell Crowe picked up by coastguard after kayak mishap
Master and Commander actor insists he was 'not lost' but 'ran out of day' after paddling off Long Island
ACTOR Russell Crowe has been picked up by the US coastguard after getting "a little lost" on a kayak trip off New York's Long Island.
Crowe is currently in the US filming his latest movie Noah, in which he plays the biblical seafarer who leads his family to safety in a large ark. But a real-life voyage with his friend proved less successful when they found themselves miles away from where they set off at the end of a long day.
The actor and his friend Chris Feather, a personal trainer, set out on Saturday afternoon from Cold Spring Harbour but failed to make it back before night fall, reports The Guardian. At around 10pm the coastguard heard Crowe call out for help.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieicki said he had not recognised the actor as he paddled over to the rescue boat. The officers lifted the pair and their kayaks into the boat and ferried them back to Huntington Bay, 10 miles away from Cold Spring Harbour.
"He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost," Swieciki said. "It wasn't really a rescue, really, more [a case] of just giving someone a lift."
Swieicki said that no one was injured and the two men were wearing life vests. He added that the actor, who was grateful and friendly, seemed like he was a fairly experienced kayaker.
Crowe, who starred as a naval captain who pushes his crew to their limits in pursuit of a French war vessel in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, insisted he was “not lost”.
He posted a message on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday, thanking the rescue team "for guiding the way" and added: "Not lost, we knew where exactly where we were, paddling around from CSH [Cold Spring Harbour] into wind, we ran out of day. Grand adventure eh @chris_feather?"