Terrifying moment 30 killer whales attackshelpless Brit crew on luxury yacht

The crew of a luxury yacht was put in a dire situation when their boat was attacked by 30 killer whales.

A pod of 25ft beasts smashed into the boat for two hours and one even bit off the rudder.

Martin Evans, 45, and Nathan Jones, 27, were part of a three-man crew delivering the vessel from Ramsgate, Kent, to Greece.

They managed to sail the yacht to the peninsula at the southern edge of Spain, but were left stranded without a vessel when it was deemed too damaged to use.

Martin said: "I was on watch at the time and the boat was on autopilot meaning it was self steering.

"I thought 'Oh my God, we've got a huge problem with the autopilot' initially but then it was quickly obvious that it wasn't the autopilot at all.

"I jumped round, took the helm, turned off the autopilot so I could manually steer and the wheel was just getting ripped from my hand.

"As I looked to my left and right – my port and starboard – there were orcas on either side of the boat, swimming along with us and bashing into the rudder.

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"We were motoring with a sail up at that point, trying to make headway towards Gibraltar.

"The seas were fairly rough and we had to drop the sails and turn the engine and all of the electrics off.

"An English skipper sent us a message saying 'Kismet, Kismet, there's orcas in the area'.

"We dealt with the initial orca attack for about an hour. There was nothing we could do, we just had to sit in the boat and wait for them to go away.

"We waited the attack out on the yacht with a cup of tea – the good British way to respond to killer whales attacking your boat.

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"We saw one of the orcas cheekily swimming away from the boat with a chunk of rudder in its mouth.

"With the rudder damaged, we realised something was wrong with the actual steering system – this wasn't just being bumped and assaulted by killer whales but we were really in a more dire situation."

The journey from Kent to Greece should have taken the Halcyon Yachts crew 26 days but the boat will now stay in Gibraltar, following the attack on June 17.

Incredibly, Martin managed to keep his cool during the attack.

Martin and Nathan have since flown to Greece and have decided not to sail past Gibraltar when returning to the UK on Martin's boat, the Aqua Sue.

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He believes that his vessel would not have survived the orca attack.

Martin said: "We were aware of the orca interactions that had been happening because our company had had boats attacked previously.

"I've got friends who are marine biologists around the world and they're all interested in these very unusual developments where orcas have decided that they're going to start attacking boat rudders.

"There was a stop on smaller yachts sailing along the coastline between Portugal and Spain earlier in the year due to these attacks but they'd mostly occurred further west from where we were."

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