In a proactive move, the sailors of the ship did what Jonah had requested. They picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea. Almost immediately after he fell into the sea, the sea itself ceased its stormy raging behavior. The problem of the storm was solved.
However, Jonah was oblivious to all that was going on with the storm, since he was sleeping below the deck. Then the captain of the ship came to Jonah. He told him to wake up and pray to his god. Maybe the god of Jonah would help them not to die at sea.
The sailors on this ship were afraid during the sea storm. They each cried to their own god, since these sailors were from all different regions and countries. They also threw overboard some of the cargo on board to lighten the ship.