Sad story this holiday as at least eight people have been killed by a giant wave near Boryeong city, Chungcheongnam-do. Many outlets have the story, including the BBC and Yahoo. An excerpt from the AFP report:
The accident happened during a long holiday weekend in South Korea, and visitors to the area were among the casualties.
"The sea water receded like an ebb tide before two-metre-high (6.6-foot) waves rushed to the breakwater and rocks to sweep the anglers and tourists into the water," Yonhap news agency quoted one witness as saying.
The cause of the high waves was not immediately known. The meteorological office said the weather was not particularly bad at the time.
"The wind might have been a bit strong, as we warned earlier. But there were no reasons for us to issue special warnings against tidal waves today," Bong Ji-A, of the local weather office in Daejeon, told AFP.
"It's a bit strange. So we've sent investigators to the area to look into this case."
Witness Lee Sang-Whan estimated the height of the waves at four to five metres.
There are some inconsistancies between reports, and CNN is reporting via the AP, for example, that there were seven killed, and the English-language version of South Korea's Yonhap is carrying the same figure. Yonhap's Korean-language article, however, is reporting 8 dead. No Cut News, and many other Korean-language sources, is reporting that 14 people are still missing. The AP said 15, but that the number could turn out to be lower (obviously).
The Daecheon mentioned in the BBC article is part of Boryeong, having been incorporated in 1995, and may also refer to Daecheon Beach. Boryeong is best known to many foreigners for hosting the Boryeong Mud Festival each summer.