“But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:”
King James Version (KJV)
Ac 27:43 The centurion. The interference of the centurion was in harmony with all we have stated of him (see note "Ac 27:1"). Commanded that they which could swim. The centurion took command. Those that could swim, cast themselves into the sea.