Eleven people drowned after being dragged by big waves on a beach in Indonesia’s East Java province despite warnings to avoid the sea, officials said Sunday.
They were part of a group of 24 people from several villages who took part in a local ritual that involves swimming in the ocean on Saturday night, officials from the Surabaya Search and Rescue Agency said.
“A local resident warned them not to go into the sea because of big waves but they ignored it,” said chief rescuer I Wayan Suyatna. He said that 23 of them were dragged by a sudden wave.
The last victim was recovered on Sunday afternoon.
Indonesia’s weather agency has warned of potential extreme weather and high waves in several regions, including East Java province.
SOURCE: The Associated Press, Edna Tarigan