Sir Ben Ainslie and wife Georgie Thompson rescued from yacht on their honeymoon

Sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie and his new wife Georgie Thompson had to be rescued while enjoying their honeymoon aboard a superyacht.

The newlyweds were sailing past Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island in the Caribbean when their bluewater cruising yacht developed a mechanical fault with its main sail.

As the vessel risked being blown on to a nearby reef, Sir Ben was forced to put out a message over the ship's VHF radio requesting assistance.

The four-times Olympic gold medal winner, regarded as one of the world's top sailors, was then rescued by three of Sir Richard's staff who heard the alert.

The staff – all members of Necker Island's watersports team – raced over to the vessel and were able to help free up a stuck mainsail allowing Sir Ben to continue his cruise unharmed.

The drama was revealed by Sir Richard on his own blog page.

He said: “It was great to see Ben Ainslie sailing past Necker Island as he enjoyed his honeymoon with his delightful new wife Georgie Thompson.

For full report head to Mirror.

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