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Titanic pastor's final act is to share salvation message

Passengers participate in a memorial service, marking the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster, aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, at the wreck site in the North Atlantic Ocean, early Sunday, April 15, 2012.
Passengers participate in a memorial service, marking the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster, aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, at the wreck site in the North Atlantic Ocean, early Sunday, April 15, 2012.
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Our take: With April marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, stories from families of survivors and victims have emerged of the final moments of many of the passengers who died when it went down. Pastor John Harper spent his final moments reaching out to those who had not accepted the salvation message and was credited with helping at least one person find a personal faith, going so far as to offer his life jacket to a man who rejected his message.

Families of survivors and victims of the Titanic disaster marked the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking on Sunday.

Many took part in a special cruise that stopped at the exact place the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.

More than 1,500 passengers and crew died when the massive ocean liner, dubbed unsinkable, struck an iceberg and slipped beneath the waves less than three hours later.

There are tales of heroism among the victims, including the story of Pastor John Harper.

According to Baptist Press, Harper spent his last moments seeking to save souls and led at least one man to Christ as the tragedy unfolded.

Read more about John Harper's final moments at CBN.com.