But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.1
References for Acts 27:41
The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping.
But the centurion wanted to spare Paul's life2 and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land.
References for Acts 27:43