This wasnt a matter of a person being onboard and not able to shut off the motor, but the dumbass falling overboard. He fell overboard and no one was aboard to shut the motor off.
Taken from youtube site.
This incident takes place in the harbour of Egersund, Norway summer 06. A guy tries to take out his sailboat, but fumbles and falls overboard. His boat, however, continues at full revs astern, goes into a spin .. and misses other boats between the two piers by less than a meter. The boat continues 4 full turns (still without crashing!) before we get our video camera ready to shoot. Note the owner (now being pulled out of the water) trying to jump back onboard again on the 5th turn, and the two guys in a dingy performing a Mc Gyver style rescue operation. Enjoy.
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1972 Pearson 36 S.V. Distant Star