Members of Indonesian Pop Band Seventeen Killed After Tsunami Hits Concert
Twenty-nine people who attended the private concert were killed by the tsunami that has claimed 222 lives.
Two members of Indonesian pop band Seventeen and two of its crewmembers were among the more than 200 people killed after a tsunami hit their concert on Saturday on the country's island of Java.
Bassist M. Awal “Bani” Purbani, guitarist Herman Sikumbang, road manager Oki Wijaya and crewmember Ujang have been confirmed dead after the massive wave struck the stage as the band was performing. Lead singer Riefian Fajarsyah — known as Ifan — says the band's drummer, Andi, and Fajarsyah's wife, Dylan, remain missing.
Fajarsyah on Saturday posted an emotional video to Instagram recalling how he was swept out to sea, certain he too would die, before ultimately finding a floating box and using it to help swim to a nearby tree. He asked fans to pray for the dead and the missing.
"The rest [of the band] are thankfully safe, although suffering from injuries and broken bones. Please pray so my wife Dylan, Andi and Ujang can be found soon," he said.
The tsunami, which was over 10 feet high, is said to have been caused by an eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano. As of Sunday morning, the death toll stands at 222 people. Indonesian officials said more than 843 people were injured and 28 are missing.
Video of the terrifying moment when the wave hit the stage was captured and later posted by SkyNews. The private concert was reportedly part of a year-end celebration for Perusahaan Listrik Negara, the country’s electricity utility. Twenty-nine people who attended the show were killed by the tsunami.
Seventeen is a Jakarta-based rock band formed in 1999.
A version of this story originally appeared on Billboard.