The actor was picked up on the water on Saturday evening after getting "a little lost"

Russell Crowe was rescued by a US coast guard on Saturday (September 1) after getting “a little lost” during a kayaking trip.

The Gladiator star and his boating companion were picked up on New York’s Long Island Sound, an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean, at around 10pm on Saturday evening. They were found on the water after nightfall, nearly 10 miles east of where they had originally set off that afternoon.

However, both men were wearing live jackets and US Coast Guard Robert Swieciki insisted that they were never in peril. He told the Associated Press: “[Russell] 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.”

Later, Crowe took to Twitter to thank the rescue team, posting the following message:

Crowe, 48, took his kayaking trip during a break from shooting biblical epic Noah in the area. The film, which also stars Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly, is scheduled for release in March 2014. Crowe will next be seen in martial arts movie The Man With The Iron Fists and the film version of Les Misérables, both are which are due later this year (2012).