- Three urns filled with human ash washed up on Dutch beaches in Katwijk and Noordwijk over the last week.
- The urns had fallen overboard a ship from the Dutch shipping company Trip Scheepvaart, after a box containing them “slipped from an employee’s hands over the railing.”
- The urns came from a German crematorium in the town of Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which is 470 miles from the beaches.
- They were found by separately by a 14-year-old boy, a fisherman, and a woman, and were later returned to the company.
Three urns filled with human ash washed up on Dutch beaches this week in what a shipping company has called a “very unfortunate accident.”
The urns were found over the past six days by a 14-year-old boy, a fisherman, and a woman, on beaches in Katwijk and Noordwijk, according to RTL News.
The urns had fallen overboard a ship from the Dutch shipping company Trip Scheepvaart, of Scheveningen in The Hague, The Guardian reported.
All of the urns came from the same German crematorium in the town of Greifswald in the northern Germany state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is 470 miles (750km) away from the beaches.
The three urns’ aluminium lids were marked with the dates of birth, death, and cremation of the person who died, and marked “For collection” by the crematorium.
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Shipping company Trip Scheepvaart said on Wednesday that the urns fell overboard when a box containing them “slipped from an employee’s hands over the railing.”
The urns were being shipped for a mass funeral at sea.
A spokeswoman for the company, Silvia Roos, told Germany’s DPA agency that Trip Scheepvaart had buried contents of two of the three urns at sea, and the third would soon be buried.
A spokesman for the Stralsund public prosecutor’s office, which covers Greifswald, is investigating the incident to see if any crimes were committed in the incident, according to the German news site Ostzee-Zeitung.
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