Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking off New York's Long Island, but was picked up by a coastguard boat and taken to shore.
The 48-year-old Gladiator star and a friend had launched their kayaks from Cold Spring Harbour on the Long Island Sound, but lost their way as the sun went down.
The US Coast Guard said Crowe and his friend apparently made their way to Huntington Bay beach and called out to a boat on patrol.
Petty Officer Robert Swieciki said the two paddled over to the boat, got on board and rode back to Huntington Harbour.
Crowe, who is on Long Island making a new film, Noah, in Oyster Bay, sent a Twitter message thanking the officers.