After picking up two stranded kayakers off the coast of Long Island on Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard suddenly realized they had a celebrity in their midst. 


Russell Crowe and a friend had been enjoying the day kayaking around Long Island Sound when they lost their way, according to officials. In a later tweet, however, the 48-year-old actor disputed that claim. "not lost, we knew where exactly where we were, paddling around from csh into wind, we ran out of day," he wrote. "Grand adventure eh."


After beaching their crafts in Huntington Bay, about 10 miles from where they first started, Crowe and his mate called out to Coast Guard officials passing by. They were picked up and brought back safely. "It is common for the Coast Guard to assist boaters like this, but it was very cool to help Russell Crowe and his friend," Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Swieciki told Reuters.


Crowe, who has been updating his followers on his exercise regimen the last several months, added this latest adventure to the list: "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)."


The actor is currently on Long Island shooting the film "Noah," which tells the story of a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has "become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet." The $130-million film is slated for a March 2014 release. 


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Russell Crowe rescued by Coast Guard
Russell Crowe rescued by Coast Guard. Actor and a friend required assistance after getting lost while kayaking off the coast of Long Island, N.Y.