Rainsford is faced with the decision to either sacrifice himself to the hounds or to jump in the water and risk a chance of survival. " Twenty feet below him the sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsfordhesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea. . . ."
Rainsford chooses to jump in he water in order to save his life. He faced internal conflict in his decision and then decided that jumping in was his best option.