Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger survived an assassination attempt because a boat carrying his would-be killers was caught in a storm, according to a new documentary.

'The FBI at 100', a new BBC Radio 4 documentary, has revealed that members of the Hells Angels gang planned to assassinate Jagger nearly 40 years ago.

Tom Mangold, who presents the series, told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that Jagger fell out with the Hells Angels after a member of the gang killed a fan during the band's infamous free concert at Altamont in 1969.

During the concert, for which the group had hired the local chapter to provide security, the gang terrorised the crowd and were reportedly offended by Jagger's effeminate dancing.

Later 18-year-old fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death in front of the stage. A Hells Angel was tried for Hunter's murder but claimed self-defence and was acquitted.

According to the documentary, the Hells Angels felt they had been duped by Jagger as fingers were pointed in the aftermath of the concert.

Former special agent Mark Young said in the documentary that a boatload of Hells Angels set out to take revenge on Jagger at his holiday home in the Hamptons, near New York City about 40 years ago.

Presenter Mangold told the Sunday Telegraph: "The Hells Angels were so angered by Jagger's treatment of them that they decided to kill him."

"They planned the attack from the sea so they could enter his property from the garden and avoid security at the front."

"The boat was hit by a storm and all of the men were thrown overboard. All survived and there was not said to have been any further attempt on Jagger's life."