Kayak commander Crowe not so masterful
Not so ship shape ... Russell Crowe.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York's Long Island and was picked up by a US Coast Guard boat and ferried to a harbour, officials say.
The 48-year-old actor went kayaking with a friend from Cold Spring Harbour on the Long Island Sound on Saturday afternoon, US Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki said.
Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km)
As it got dark, the two got lost and eventually headed for shore, beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay, nearly 16 kilometres 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 about 10pm, Petty Officer Swieciki said.
The Gladiator actor and his friend, whom Petty Officer Swieciki did not recognise, paddled over to the boat. The Coast Guard officers pulled them up and, along with their kayaks, gave them a ride to Huntington Harbour.
"He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost," Petty Officer Swieciki said. "It wasn't really a rescue; really more of just giving someone a lift."
Petty Officer Swieicki said the two men were wearing life vests and no one was injured. He said the actor, who was grateful and friendly, seemed as if he was a fairly experienced kayaker.
Crowe sent a Twitter message about 1.30am on Sunday thanking the officers, and saying he had been on the water 4½ hours.
"Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way ... 4 hrs 30 mins, 7m [11 kilometres]," he wrote.
Crowe is on Long Island filming a 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.