Olympic sailor rescued on honeymoon cruise

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In a real-life incident that sounds more like a movie script Sir Richard Branson claims staff from his British Virgin Islands retreat had to rescue British Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie after he ran into trouble sailing on his honeymoon.

The Virgin entrepreneur and adventurer said the four-times gold medallist ran into difficulties when a furling system, which controls the sail being rolled out, broke.

“Unsurprisingly, Ben kept an amazingly cool head whilst directing operations -- he just needed more hands to sort out the mess,” Branson said in describing the incident.