The group of 23 folks was holding arms and meditating on Payangan seashore, East Java province, shortly after midnight.
“They had been too near the ocean and couldn’t save themselves when the tidal waves got here and swept them away,” native police chief Hery Purnomo instructed TVOne.
Ten our bodies had been retrieved from the ocean and 12 folks rescued alive. Yet one more particular person, a 40-year-old man, was nonetheless unaccounted for.
It was unclear what sort of ritual the group was performing within the predominantly Muslim area, Purnomo mentioned, but it surely was led by a religious guru who survived the incident and could be questioned.
Native media reported that a number of the victims, who all got here from close by cities, had been associated.
Regional army commander Batara Pangaribuan instructed TVOne the seashore was normally guarded and closed after darkish however the group by some means discovered a manner onto it.
Officers had warned guests to not swim or get too near the water due to current stories of excessive waves.
“The seashore has been comparatively quiet currently due to the pandemic and even when there are guests they’d simply sit round and never swim due to the excessive waves,” Pangaribuan mentioned.
Excessive tides and powerful waves are widespread on Indonesian seashores, the place security measures for guests are sometimes missing.
Final 12 months two home vacationers died after they had been taken by the waves on a seashore in Malang district, East Java.
And in 2019, 5 folks vacationing on a seashore in Lampung province died after being swept away by excessive waves.