Actor Russell Crowe had an interesting start to his Labor Day weekend. Crowe had to be saved by the Coast Guard after getting lost while kayaking off Long Island, New York.
The Oscar-winning actor set off on a kayak from Cold Spring Harbor with a friend on Saturday afternoon on the Long Island Sound. Crowe is not a first time kayaker, but he needed a bit of help as it got dark and the two couldn't find their way back to Cold Spring Harbor.
The 48-year-old and his friend beached their kayaks in Huntington Bay, about 10 miles east of Cold Spring Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard was patrolling and area and Crowe called out to them from the shore at around 10 p.m. They paddled over to Crowe's boat, without recognizing him, and pulled the men up onto their boat to give them a lift back to Huntington Harbor.
"He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost," U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki told the Associated Press. "It wasn't really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift."
Crowe and his friend had been wearing life jackets and neither of them were hurt.
On early Sunday morning, Crowe took to Twitter to thank the officers who helped him, saying that he spent over four hours on the water.
"Kayak;Cold Spring/Huntington Harbour, thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km) he wrote.
In a later tweet, Crowe wanted to clarify that the men knew where they were and that their trouble started when it got dark out. He called the incident a "Grand adventure."
The incident didn't deter Crowe from enjoying the rest of the weekend. On Sunday night, he wrote "so what's going on on Long Island tonight? How is Labor day being celebrated?"
The "Gladiator" actor is in Long Island while he films the new biblical epic "Noah," which is set to be released in 2014.