September 6, 2012

Crowe and the Coasties

Seth being an ex-Coast Guardsman (about a zillion years ago today, heh heh), I thought I’d share this one.

From Coast Guard Insider at

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York’s Long Island and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard boat and ferried to a harbor, officials said Sunday.

The 48-year-old actor was kayaking with a friend and launched from Cold Spring Harbor Saturday afternoon on the Long Island Sound, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki. As it got dark, the two got lost and eventually headed for shore, beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay, nearly 10 miles (16 kilometers) east from where they had set out.

The U.S. Coast Guard was patrolling the area, and heard Crowe call out to them from the shore around 10 p.m. local time, Swieciki said. The “Gladiator” actor, who Swieciki didn’t recognize,” and Crowe’s friend paddled over to the boat. The Coast Guard officers pulled them up and, along with their kayaks, gave them a ride to Huntington Harbor.

“He just needed a little bit of help, he just got a little lost,” Swieciki said. “It wasn’t really a rescue, really, more of just giving someone a lift.”

Swieicki said no one was injured, and the two men were wearing life vests. He said the actor, who was grateful and friendly, seemed like he was a fairly experienced kayaker.

Crowe sent a Twitter message at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday local time thanking the officers, and saying he was out on the water for 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.

Crowe is on Long Island filming a new movie called “Noah” in Oyster Bay. The biblical epic is directed by Darren Aronofsky and scheduled for release in 2014.

Crowe won an Academy Award for best actor for his role as a Roman soldier called Maximus in “Gladiator.”

*The coastie named Seth mentioned in the article is, as far as we know, no relation to the Seth we know and love (most of the time) here at Hard Astarboard.

by @ 8:34 am. Filed under U.S. Coast Guard
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2 Responses to “Crowe and the Coasties”

  1. Kat Says:

    Speaking of Seth (of this blog, not the Coastie), what’s up with him? I had brief contact with him a while ago during his, erm, “difficulties,” but no contact since.

    Is he OK? Will you let him know that his ol’ bud Romeocat is asking after him? And also ask him if he’s still enjoying the quilt I made him (would LOVE a pic - I’m finally trying to put together a quilt wall for myself).

  2. Mrs Wolf Says:


    Sorry about the delayed response, but things have been somewhat hectic during the anniversary days of 9/11.

    In my husband’s absence, some of his NSW cronies took me into Manhattan for some memorial stuff, and then there are a few other things going on.

    Seth and my husband (Wolf) have been spending a lot of time out of the country (which is why I’m the designated blogger for now) and cavorting around military locales on the rare occasions that they make it back to the states, all in the process of solving Seth’s “problem” once and for all. Most of the time, the places they have been have not been “internet or telephone friendly”, so they’re mostly incommunicado, as it were.

    It’s complicated and there’s a lot of detail I’m not currently privvy to, but we’re expecting them back for awhile, if not permanently, somewhere in the next few days.

    Seth will be back to you then, as you are on his Good Guys (& Gals) list. :-)

    Otherwise, he is mostly okay and looking forward to picking up life as he knew it before “The Event” as soon as he can.