Russell Crowe rescued by coast guard

The Gladiator star and a friend paddled out to the waters off New York’s Long Island on Saturday afternoon, but as darkness fell, the two lost their way and ended up beaching their kayaks at a remote spot nearly 10 miles (16 kilometres) away from where they started.

They yelled for help, and eventually a U.S. Coast Guard patrol heard their cries and picked them up at around 10pm local time. They were then transported back to safety.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki said of the incident, “He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost. It wasn’t really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift.”

The actor later thanked his rescuers in a post on his page, writing, “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)… Not lost, we knew exactly where we were… we ran out of day. Grand adventure, eh?”

Crowe has been working on Long Island in recent weeks filming Darren Aronofsky’s new biblical epic Noah.