Kelly Rowland is rescued after private boat gets lost at sea

The singer and X Factor judge was among a group of passengers who had to be escorted back to shore

Kelly Rowland was on board a boat that had to be rescued after it got lost at sea.

The singer and American X Factor judge was on board a rented boat that was following a whale-watching vessel, Sky News reports. The captain lost sight of the boat in front and became disorientated. The coastguard was alerted and a commercial towboat was sent to escort them back to shore, where they were taken to Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The boat was 33 miles (53km) north of Provincetown.

Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer and actress Paulina Rubio were recently hired by Simon Cowell as judges on the US version of The X Factor. The pair will join Cowell on the panel along with pop singer Demi Lovato. They replace Britney Spears and record producer Antonio ‘LA’ Reid. Cowell has rejigged the judging panel after each season – previously firing singers Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger after disappointing ratings which last season fell from 12.5 million per episode in 2011 to an average of 9.7 million.

Kelly Rowland previously joined the judging panel on the UK X Factor in 2011.