Hu­man ashes on beach

The Province - - WORLD NEWS -

Sand is one thing you’d typ­i­cally find on a beach.

What’s not typ­i­cal are urns filled with hu­man ashes.

A Nether­lands-based ship­ping com­pany is apol­o­giz­ing af­ter sev­eral urns filled with hu­man re­mains that orig­i­nated from Ger­many ended up wash­ing ashore on Dutch beaches.

Cit­ing Dutch news site RTL News, Newsweek re­ported three urns were re­cently found over a five­day pe­riod on Katwijk and No­ord­wijk beaches, sit­u­ated north of the Hague. The urns were marked with the dates of the births and deaths of the cre­mated in­di­vid­u­als within.

How the urns washed up on the beach re­mained a mys­tery un­til Dutch ship­ping com­pany Trip Scheep­vaart ad­mit­ted to screw­ing up on Wed­nes­day. A com­pany spokesman said the urns were part of a mass ma­rine fu­neral that went south af­ter a box with the three con­tain­ers slipped out of an em­ployee’s pos­ses­sion and sunk into the sea.

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