Surly Simon Cowell may not be so surly after all: The "X Factor" judge is being called a hero after he rescued nine passengers from a nearby sinking yacht Wednesday. The London Evening Standard reports that the 52-year-old music mogul and ex-girlfriend Sinitta (hmmm?) were vacationing on Cowell's private ship in ritzy St. Tropez when they received a May Day distress call. Cowell then called for his captain to help out the soon-to-be-stranded passengers of the doomed 35-foot boat.
"Everyone ok, noone hurt.captain won't let boat sink, petrol in sea etc would cause major problems and fines. No tide, so hole plugs," Sinitta tweeted Wednesday evening. Cowell's rep also confirmed the incident. No word on whether Cowell was shirtless at the time.
The rescue mission at sea places Cowell on a long list of other celebrity Good Samaritans who have recently helped out someone in need, including Stephen Baldwin, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis and Dustin Hoffman.