Among the Coast Guard’s many responses to help boaters in distress during the Labor Day weekend, the most high-profile rescue might have been the least dramatic.
Actor Russell Crowe might be wishing he had boarded a giant ark like the one he’ll board for his next movie based on the story of Noah, instead of a tiny kayak when he took to the waters off New York’s Long Island.
The Oscar-winning actor, who played Capt. Jack Aubrey in the swashbuckling “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), and a friend rented kayaks for an afternoon paddle.
They lost their way after daylight faded on Cold Spring Harbor on the Long Island Sound and needed to be rescued by the Coast Guard when he got lost, officials said.
“It is common for the Coast Guard to assist boaters like this, but it was very cool to help Russell Crowe and his friend,” Petty Officer Second Class Robert Swieciki, the boat coxswain for the case, said in a press release. "Crowe and his friend were very grateful to get a lift."
Crowe sent a Twitter message about 1:30 a.m. Sunday thanking the officers and saying he was out on the water four-and-a-half hours.
"Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km)," he wrote.
"They wanted to paddle into Huntington Harbor," explained Sal Franco, who rented Crowe and his buddy the kayaks. "I don't think they knew how big it was."
For a British take on the incident, click here for a report by The Guardian.