27 On the fourteenth night, adrift somewhere on the Adriatic Sea, at about midnight the sailors sensed that we were approaching land. 28 Sounding, they measured a depth of one hundred twenty feet, and shortly after that ninety feet. 29 Afraid that we were about to run aground, they threw out four anchors and prayed for daylight. 30 Some of the sailors tried to jump ship. They let down the lifeboat, pretending they were going to set out more anchors from the bow. 31 Paul saw through their guise and told the centurion and his soldiers, "If these sailors don't stay with the ship, we're all going down." 32 So the soldiers cut the lines to the lifeboat and let it drift off. 33 With dawn about to break, Paul called everyone together and proposed breakfast: "This is the fourteenth day we've gone without food. None of us has felt like eating! 34 But I urge you to eat something now. You'll need strength for the rescue ahead. You're going to come out of this without even a scratch!" 35 He broke the bread, gave thanks to God, passed it around, 36 and they all ate heartily - 37 two hundred seventy-six of us, all told! 38 With the meal finished and everyone full, the ship was further lightened by dumping the grain overboard.
39 At daybreak, no one recognized the land - but then they did notice a bay with a nice beach. They decided to try to run the ship up on the beach. 40 They cut the anchors, loosed the tiller, raised the sail, and ran before the wind toward the beach. 41 But we didn't make it. Still far from shore, we hit a reef and the ship began to break up. 42 The soldiers decided to kill the prisoners so none could escape by swimming, 43 but the centurion, determined to save Paul, stopped them. He gave orders for anyone who could swim to dive in and go for it, 44 and for the rest to grab a plank. Everyone made it to shore safely.