Actor Russell Crowe was forced to hail down the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday night after nearly drifting out to sea while kayaking off the coast of Long Island.
The USCG says that a rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Necks in N.Y. was on patrol in Huntington Bay when they were flagged down by Crowe and his friend around 10 p.m. after the two had lost their way while kayaking.
The 48-year-old actor and his friend ran into trouble after launching from Cold Spring Harbor Saturday night when sea conditions unexpectedly worsened, sending the two a bit further from shore than both had hoped. The two men were picked up with their kayaks by the Coast Guard boat crew and taken to Huntington Harbor.
“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 Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Swieciki, the boat coxswain for the case. “Crowe and his friend were very grateful to get a lift.”
In Crowe’s defense, gCaptain’s facebook page has acknowledge that Huntington Bay, LI can be treacherous, especially when the wind picks up.
PS: Rumor has it the Coast Guard crews did not recognize Crowe.