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Ok, I'll bite.
We were on holiday in Hvar in Croatia once, and we were in a rented outboard motor boat. Most boat rental businesses were reluctant to rent out boats that day due to strong winds, but we found a place that would let us have a boat.
Towards the afternoon, the winds really picked up, and while we were anchored off a section of quite inaccessible and jagged rocks, the boat got pushed against the rocks with its stern, causing the motor's bracket with which it was attached to the boat to break. Luckily, we were able to pull the motor into the boat so it didn't fall in the water, but we were left with an immaneuverable boat that was getting bashed against the rocks by the waves.
Not a near death experience, but we were definitely in a pickle. And it was out of sight from the harbour, around a few bends from it, and we didn't know the boat rental's phone number or the coast guard's number or whatever. Also, due to the high waves, there were very few other boats out at sea.
So one of us decided to take a dive and swim back about 300 feet to the nearest place we could see where you could somewhat safely get out of the water onto dry land. And then he walked dripping wet about a mile into town and to the boat rental place. A while later, they then came with another boat to tow us into the harbour. We were asked to pay around £100 in cash to have the damage to the boat fixed, and we were told we were lucky that the motor didn't fall in the water, because it probably would have cost upwards of £600 to fix.