Chris Hemsworth was involved in a real-life drama with his pregnant wife Elsa Pataky when they ran into danger off a Spanish island, and had to be rescued by coastguards.
The actors and their 18-month-old daughter India Rose were among eight passengers traveling on a catamaran when it ran aground off the coast of La Gomera on Sunday evening.
A lifeboat, a Civil Guard patrol boat and a helicopter were sent to help the passengers including Elsa, 37, who is three months pregnant, and take them to shore by boat.
The Australian hunk was joined by his family in the Canary Islands where ironically he is filming Ron Howard movie, Heart of the Sea, about the sinking of a whaling ship in the Pacific in 1820.
The group were on a private catamaran hired by the film’s production company to take them Playa de Santiago, off the north west coast of Africa.
They got into trouble shortly after 8pm close to San Sebastian, sources at the regional government of the Canary Islands said.
Ambulances were sent to the scene but none of the passengers required medical attention.
The incident isn't too unfamiliar with Hemsworth's latest role, which sees his nineteenth century ship, Essex, sink after being struck my a sperm whale.
The star, who married his wife in 2010, plays Owen Chase, the first mate of the Essex and the central character in the film, which reunites the actor with his Rush director.
The actor was seen filming last week dressed in the traditional garb of the time, including a blue linen hunting shirt, a brown unbuttoned waistcoat and a pair of straight-leg linen trousers cut at the ankle.
Hemsworth also wore a captain style's mid-calf brown boots while the chain of a pocket watch was clearly visible from his pocket and a compass hung around his neck.
Set for release in 2014, The Heart of the Sea co-stars Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.