Simon Cowell sets sail in Cannes with a mystery brunette… following heroic rescue of nine people from a sinking ship

Back on board: Simon Cowell sets sail in Cannes with a mystery brunette… following his heroic rescue of nine people from a sinking ship

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05:11 GMT, 1 September 2012

Earlier this week, he proved his steely side can come in useful when he helped rescue nine people from a sinking ship in St Tropez.

And Simon Cowell was back aboard again earlier today when he set sail in Cannes with a party of friends including a mystery brunette.

The 52-year-old TV star looked happy and relaxed as he chilled out alongside the beauty and acquaintances including ex-girlfriend Sinitta and TV hypnotist Paul McKenna.

Setting sail: Simon Cowell looked happy and relaxed after his heroics in St Tropez, as he took a boat trip with friends, including a mystery brunette in Cannes

Setting sail: Simon Cowell looked happy and relaxed after his heroics in
St Tropez, as he took a boat trip with friends, including a mystery
brunette in Cannes

Simon is currently single after splitting from his fiance, make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy, this year after three years together.

It was his ex girlfriend Sinitta who alerted her Twitter followers to the dramas which happened earlier this week when Cowell sprung into action after receiving a May Day distress call from another vessel off the coast near St Tropez.

After hearing the call, he told his captain and crew to redirect his
impressive mega yacht Slipstream to assist the struggling vessel.

Cosy: Simon sat next to the mystery lady as ex girlfriend Sinitta perched in front as they made their way to Cannes from his mega yacht Slipstream

Cosy: Simon sat next to the mystery lady as ex girlfriend Sinitta perched in front as they made their way to Cannes from his mega yacht Slipstream

Back on dry land: Multi millionaire Simon often enjoys holidaying in the South of France

Back on dry land: Multi millionaire Simon often enjoys holidaying in the South of France

Chilling out: The music mogul was taking some time to relax before the new season of the X Factor begins

Chilling out: The music mogul was taking some time to relax before the new season of the X Factor begins

When they came nearer to the boat he sent out a smaller boat to rescue the passengers on board and bring them back to his vessel.

According to the Daily Star, his staff also helped to pump water out of the struggling boat.

Delivering a minute-by-minute account Sinitta told her followers: 'Just had a mayday message, 35ft boat sinking. Simon has sent us to help and rescue 9 people on board!'

A few minutes later she added: 'Everyone ok, no-one hurt. Captain won’t let boat sink, petrol in sea etc. No tide, so hole plugged!'

Jet set: Simon made his way from his yacht to his private jet after his holiday

Jet set: Simon made his way from his yacht to a private jet after his holiday

Jet set: Simon made his way from his yacht to a private jet after his holiday

Back on board: The X Factor judge is returning to America where he will be promoting the second season of the US X Factor

Back on board: The X Factor judge is returning to America where he will be promoting the second season of the US X Factor

A source told the Daily Star: 'He only did what any good person would do. If his yacht was in trouble he would want someone to come to his rescue. It was just lucky they happened to be close by.'

Cowell often holidays in the south of France and earlier this month he
was spotted lapping up the French sunshine aboard a yacht.

Following today's boat trip back to shore, Cowell and his party arrived to board a private jet.

Cowell will return to the U.S. for the second season of the U.S. X Factor which will see Britney Spears and Demi Lovato make their dbuts as mentors and judges.

Hats off: Sinitta arrived to catch the private jet after holidaying with her ex-boyfriend Cowell, while the mystery lady held a large straw hat in her hand

Hats off: Sinitta arrived to catch the private jet after holidaying with her ex-boyfriend Cowell, while the mystery lady held a large straw hat in her hand

Hats off: Sinitta arrived to catch the private jet after holidaying with her ex-boyfriend Cowell, while the mystery lady held a large straw hat in her hand