Russell Crowe's weekend kayaking adventures went awry when he ended up having to be rescued by the US Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon. The Gladiator actor and a friend went out on their kayaks on the Long Island Sound, according to Associated Press and as it started to get dark, they realised that they were a long way from where they needed to be, without much clue of how to get back there safely. They paddled to the nearest shore, which turned out to be Huntington Bay and luckily for Russ, the US Coat Guard were on patrol and came to their rescue.

Robert Swieciki of the Coast Guard and his colleagues pulled the pair to shore and gave them a lift back to Huntington Harbor "he just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost," said Swieciki. "It wasn't really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift." Lucky for Crowe, the whole incident could have been a lot more dramatic than it actually was - though it doesn't do much to enhance his tough-guy image, does it? A 48 year old Hollywood star floating about the waters of New York in a lifejacket, waiting to be rescued. Still, we're glad that Russell and his chum came to no harm and so, apparently was he.

Crowe made sure that he tweeted a message of thanks to the guys that rescued him. "Thanks to Seth and the boys from the US Coast Guard for guiding the way...4 hrs 30 mins, 7m(11.2km)," said the Tweet. The actor is currently in New York filming the biblical epic Noah, though if he carries on like this, we think he's going to be pretty sick of the sight of open water by the time he's done filming.