We are experienced in all aspects of arranging burials at sea.  If this is something you wish for a loved one or that had been requested by them you can be assured that we understand the complicated government and legal requirements and we are able to provide a complete service in committing someone to the deep. There are currently only three positions around the coast of England where it is legal to bury a body at sea: off Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear; off The Needles on the Isle of Wight and off Newhaven, East Sussex.  As we are based in East Sussex we carry out burials at sea in the specified location about eight miles off Newhaven.  We would arrange for the collection of the deceased and bringing them into our care.  Family and friends may visit their loved one in the chapel of rest at whichever of our premises – in St Leonards-on-Sea, Bexhill-on-Sea or Battle - is most convenient for you.  We would arrange for the coffin to be prepared to the required specification for burial at sea.  We would meet with you to discuss all aspects of the arrangements and advise on costings.   Please bear in mind that occasionally a pre-arranged date for the burial might be subject to postponement if the weather was such as to make a boat trip unsafe.  We would convey the coffin to Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne for lifting aboard our chosen vessel, which will have comfortable inside accommodation, outside seating and facilities.  The voyage from Sovereign Harbour to the burial site and back to Sovereign Harbour is about 5 – 6 hours in total and during this time the family and mourners will be looked after and served food and refreshments.  Up to nine guests can travel to the burial spot; this would include a minister if required, although the boat's skipper is well used to leading a short service and conducting the committal if no minister is present.  If there are more than nine guests wishing to attend the burial then further boats can be arranged at an additional charge.

Arthur C Towner Ltd: Burials at sea

Arthur C Towner Ltd.
Bexhill & Sidley Audley House, 1 Albert Road  Bexhill-on-Sea  East Sussex  TN40 1DG Tel: 01424 733 700
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Hastings & St. Leonards 2-4 Norman Road  St Leonards-on-Sea  East Sussex  TN37 6NH Tel: 01424 436 386
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