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03 Sep 2012 12:02
Russell Crowe (centre) with Coast Guard petty officers Robert Swieciki (left) and Thomas Watson.
The 48-year-old actor was kayaking with a friend and launched from Cold Spring Harbour on Saturday afternoon on the Long Island Sound, according to US 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 16 kilometers east from where they had set out.
The US Coast Guard was patrolling the area, and heard Crowe call out to them from the shore around 10pm, Swieciki said.
The Gladiator actor and his friend, who Swieciki didn't recognise, paddled over to the boat.
"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 1:30am on 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, 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. – Sapa-AP
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