McCartney, looking shipshape after his surgery

Last updated at 20:26 06 January 2008

It wasn't a yellow submarine. But it was all Sir Paul McCartney needed to show that he is in good health after his heart operation.

A friend revealed he had had the surgery in September but said fans have nothing to worry about - as this picture proves.

After a tumultuous year in which he has battled his ex-wife Heather Mills for a divorce settlement, had heart surgery, and continued to perform around the world, the former Beatle has finally found some peace and quiet.

The 65-year-old has taken a holiday in the Caribbean to get away from it all, having a sail over the tropical waters.

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Paul McCartney

Wearing red flowery shorts and a black t-Shirt, he seemed relaxed as he concentrated on controlling the boat during his stay at a luxury resort in Jamaica.

The holiday is a welcome break from his bitter divorce with Heather Mills, with whom he has been locked in a custody battle over their four-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

The couple split 18 months ago but have yet to agree what sum of Sir Paul's £800million fortune Ms Mills will receive.

She made numerous uncomfortable appearances on TV last year unleashing her anger on Sir Paul and the media.

The 39-year-old said she had been driven to the brink of suicide by how she has been perceived by the public because of their failed relationship.

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Meanwhile, Sir Paul McCartney had heart surgery in September to open the arteries of his heart.

He had been complained of feeling unwell and doctors advised he have the coronary angioplasty - symptons of which can be brought on by stress.

Despite his health and stressful private life, the musician has also not wanted to disappoint his fans, continuing to perform around the world.

No wonder he wanted to sail away.

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