VANCOUVER – Photographs from the camera of a Canadian couple killed in Asia's tsunami (search) include their final shots of a huge wave as it rushed toward them at their beach resort in Thailand.
John and Jackie Knill of North Vancouver, frequent visitors to the popular Thai resort, Khao Lak (search), were apparently on the beach when the tsunami hit Dec. 26.
The couple disappeared and relatives say they were notified about a week ago that the identities of their remains had been confirmed.
Searchers later also recovered the couple's destroyed digital camera but were able to print photos from its memory card.
In a sequence of photos over the course of a few minutes, some curious onlookers are shown wandering onto suddenly exposed tidal flats, a sign of the impending tsunami. In one, a large wave appears to be breaking in the distance.
The pictures show that within minutes, the wave grows larger and some beachgoers begin to take notice.
"I don't know why they didn't run," their son Christian Knill told Global TV in Vancouver. "Either they knew they couldn't or they didn't know the power of the wave."
A photo taken at 8:30 a.m. shows a wall of water churning up sand and mud. A final shot a couple of minutes later shows the tsunami hitting the beach.
In all, 12 Canadians were confirmed killed by the tsunami, most of them in Thailand, and 13 people remained unaccounted for as of last week.