Why It's Important to Follow Rules for Burial at Sea

Remember that classic scene from "The Godfather" where we find out that Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes? Well, either it only works in the movies or the at-sea burial industry needs to take some professional development seminars from the Mafia...

From this story in the Miami Herald:
Daniel Scott Lasky's wish was to be buried at sea. So when the 48-year-old died this month of Lou Gehrig's disease, his family followed his request. They put his body on dry ice, brought it to South Florida, chartered a boat, said their goodbyes and released him to the sea, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Except a day later, Lasky's body floated to the surface. _A local fisherman spotted it Saturday about 4 miles offshore near Port Everglades, the BSO said. He called for help, setting in motion an investigation into who was the person and how did he end up in the Atlantic Ocean. They found their answers in Hickory, N.C. That's where Lasky lived with his wife, Sharon. He worked at a local Galaxy food store and had a part-time job with Nabisco, according to his obituary in the Hickory Daily Record.

"... Although burying a body at sea is legal, certain rules have to be followed. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, human beings who are not cremated must be buried at least three nautical miles from land in water at least 600 feet deep. And, said the EPA, measures must be taken to make sure the body sinks to the bottom ``rapidly and permanently.''_