Coast Guard rescues 'not lost' Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe and a friend were picked up by the US Coast Guard over the weekend after getting lost while kayaking off Long Island, New York.
Russell and his unidentified friend flagged down a Coast Guard patrol after beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay around 10pm last Saturday, the Coast Guard said on Monday. They had set off from Cold Spring Harbour several miles away, but got lost and made for the beach as night fell and conditions worsened, according to the statement.
Russell thanked "the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way" in a message on Twitter posted on Sunday. But early on Monday, he also tweeted: "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."
Neither Russell, 48, nor his companion were injured.
"It is common for the Coast Guard to assist boaters like this, but it was very cool to help Russell Crowe and his friend," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Swieciki, the boat coxswain involved in the incident. "Crowe and his friend were very grateful to get a lift."
Russell, who won an Oscar in 2001 for his starring role in Gladiator, has a reputation for being bad-tempered and was arrested in 2005 for throwing a telephone at a New York hotel employee. In 2010, he stormed out of a BBC radio interview over remarks made about the accent he used playing the title role in the movie Robin Hood.
Russell also was nominated for an Oscar in 2000 for his leading role in The Insider and in 2002 for his leading role in A Beautiful Mind.
Published: 5th September 2012