Burial at sea goes awry when body found floating off S. Fla.

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  1. Joe Friday

    Joe Friday Active Member

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    How do you go about chartering a boat when you tell the captain your planning on burying a body at sea? Wouldn't the captain be a little suspicious that foul play might be involved and call the authorities?



    http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100915/BREAKINGNEWS/100915001/1086/rss07

    Burial at sea goes awry when body found floating off S. Fla.

    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.

    (Snipped)

    The day after his death, his family began the drive south, stopping overnight in Daytona Beach before arriving in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

    That day, Sharon Lasky, his pastor and a few other family members boarded the Mary B III, along with the boat's captain, crew and Daniel Lasky's body, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

    After their goodbyes, they went fishing in his honor and returned to shore.

    The next morning, a fisherman found the body floating and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard.

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  3. passionflower

    passionflower Just 1 tip to find a killer

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    How gruesome..........
     
  4. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Oh what an awful story.....
     
  5. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    Incredibly poor planning. I'm fine with a burial at sea if that was his wish, but clearly it was done incorrectly. How macabre.
     
  6. DeepThinker

    DeepThinker Find Kyron

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    poor guy...how difficult for the family :(
     
  7. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Active Member

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    I am completely amazed you an drive a body on Dry Ice across state lines. I had no clue.

    I feel awful for his Wife. Now they have to have another service??
    Also makes me wonder about Jane and John Does. Really makes one think about the inprobable stuff that could happen when a weird events stops and makes one question what they thought they knew. Wonder how the investigators felt when this case landed on whoevers desk.
     
  8. oh_gal

    oh_gal New Member

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    His poor friends and family probably had no clue about how to go about this (and who would, really???). I don't know...there's probably a website dealing with such things. There is for everything else.
     
  9. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN Active Member

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    This family did a lot to abide by this mans wishes! I wonder how many permits, regulations and hardships they went through? What an awful way for it to end!
     
  10. Truthful Lies

    Truthful Lies "Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's c

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    Not to add to this poor family's distress, but I'd like to know who the captain of this charted vessel was/is. After reading the article, it seems the EPA regulation of basically sinking to 600 ft rapidly was not followed. I also have to wonder how much the captain knew about the currents in the area...this poor family.

    I just smell ineptitude/ignorance on the part of the charter company and/or crew...wonder if it could legally be argued that the boat acted as a hearse and certain other laws should apply - because the entire time they were within 3 miles of the shore, they were not in international waters. And therefor were under FL's jurisdiction. I want to know the coordinates of the burial and the captain!

    I'm thinking this charter company will be held at least financially responsible...no captain I know would risk his license/job on a job like this...they'd follow regulations to the law. Maybe they wouldn't interfere, but would certainty give a final check to make sure all laws were being followed. Sad all the way around.

    If laws were not followed, yank this company's license! If so, I humbly apologize :( MOO
     
  11. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    :eek:This is legal. I had no idea either. None.

    600 feet. In the scheme of the ocean is that really that deep? I understand this was not done correctly. I'm just asking.

    How very sad for his family. Horrible.

    How about a Viking funeral? I wonder if there's permits to get for that? Treat the vessel and then torch it. Maybe not.:waitasec:

    May Mr. Lasky rest in peace. May his family be able to go on and somehow be healed after this horrifying experience.
     
  12. Magnum P.E.

    Magnum P.E. New Member

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    I know this is an old thread, but....OOOPS!
     
  13. Nova

    Nova New Member

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    Sorry, but that's not actually what you are smelling. It's hot and humid off the coast of South Florida.
     
  14. Magnum P.E.

    Magnum P.E. New Member

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    "Not done correctly" is the understatement of the year. On the east coast of Florida, in many places you can walk into the water for what seems like forever and still only be chest deep. A lot of it is really shallow and apparently not suitable for burial at sea. I bet the captain of the boat a)wanted the body off his ship and b) didn't want to spend any more money on fuel than he had to. There are places near the Bahamas which are quite deep, like the Tongue of The Ocean near Andros Island. It is over 6000 ft deep and a body is not coming back.

    Maybe they should have hired Joran Van Der Sloot as a consultant.
     
  15. ohiogirl

    ohiogirl New Member

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    Or Dexter!
     
  16. Truthful Lies

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    Hi Nova :) Haven't crossed paths with you in a while! I'm from there, but lol.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  17. legalmania

    legalmania Verified Paralegal

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    There are very strict rules when it comes to burial at sea first of all the body is suppose to be in a coffin or non corrosive metal that weighs 4 times the body weight, holes are suppose to be applied to the coffin so it weighs the coffin down and some other very strict state and federal laws. I don't know if the medical examiner was aware that this family planned on a burial at sea, because I'm sure they would have been told of the strict rules so this doesn't happen. Most people cremate, because it's very expensive with a coffin. It's kind of odd to just dump your loved one overboard and go fishing imo.

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/20...dy-in-dry-ice-body-surfaces-full-body-burials
     
  18. Nova

    Nova New Member

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    I spent my first 23 years in Fort Lauderdale, so I try not to miss a chance for a Florida joke.
     
  19. Sonya610

    Sonya610 Former Member

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    Probably like many other things -- as you don't get pulled over it isn't a problem. Sounds like none of these folks had done this before so who knows how legal it all was. I would think IF this is legal there would be strict rules regarding how far out at sea.
     

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