Winslet rescues Branson mum in Caribbean blaze

OSCAR-winning actress Kate Winslet helped rescue Richard Branson's elderly mother from a blaze in the tycoon's luxury Caribbean home.

The star, inset, helped carry Branson's mother Eve from The Great House on Necker Island after a fire broke out in a lightning storm.

Both escaped unhurt from yesterday's blaze along with Winslet's young children and a number of other guests, including the businessman's 29-year-old daughter Holly.

"Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine," said Branson (60) who was staying in another property around 100 yards away.

"We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house.

"My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year-mum out of the main house to safety."