U.S. Coast Guard officers rescued actor Russell Crowe while kayaking in the waters of New York’s Long Island. The “Gladiator” star and his friend, were forced to beach their kayaks in Huntington Bay because it was too dark to find their way back home, according to a recent report published by the Associated Press.
When he’s not interpreting great parts in memorable movies, actor Russell Crowe spends most of his time practicing kayak. Even though he is an experienced kayaker, the 48-year-old actor got lost in the waters of Long Island and requested the U.S. Coast Guard help.
Crowe, who was accompanied by a close friend, started his kayak adventure from Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday afternoon. The sun set and the two kayakers didn’t know where they were heading. As a consequence, they were forced to stop at Huntington Bay, that is, approximately 10 miles from where they had set out. They were determined to wait until the next day or until someone would have found them.
Lucky for them, the U.S. Coast Guard was patrolling the area and they heard Crowe’s call. Petty Officer, Robert Swieciki told the press that it was around 10:00 p.m. when they found the actor and gave him a lift. He further added that they didn’t actually rescue the “Gladiator” star, but just “gave him a lift” because he got a little lost. In the end, the Petty Officer declared that the two men were in good condition and they were both wearing life vests. Crowe was very grateful and friendly with the U.S. Coast Guard officers and talked a lot about kayaking proving that he is very passionate about this sport.
The actor took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the officers who gave him a lift. He wrote at 1:30 a.m. that the boys helped him find the way back after he had spent four hours in the Long Island waters.
The Oscar-winning actor is in Long Island to film his new movie “Noah”. Inspired by the biblical story, the film is produced by Darren Aronofsky and is due to be released in 2014.