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Scattering ashes at sea on the rise in Myrtle Beach area - WWAY NewsChannel 3

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — John Jaques sails the Enchantress out of Little River in the morning. It’s quiet. The sea is calm. Three miles offshore, he stops, lets families have a moment and plays “Amazing Grace” over the intercom.

Last year alone, he made 50 similar trips to let families scatter ashes on the waves.

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“I think that sailing itself has some magic for the human soul,” said Jaques, the captain of the Enchantress and owner of Enchanted Sailing Charters. “I think this is an incredible way for someone to watch their loved ones pass from this moment to the next, and to sail quietly on the water and think that we are all human beings.”

Jaques estimates that trips to scatter remains make up one-fourth of his business.

Although there is no way to know how many ashes remains are scattered at sea each year — Jaques’s number of customers alone is higher than the number reported to the Environmental Protection Agency — it’s a trend that appears to be on the rise.

There have been 269 people whose cremated remains have been spread off South Carolina’s shores since 1980, according to information from the EPA. There were four whole-body remains buried at sea during that same timeframe, the most recent in 2017.

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January 09, 2021 at 02:31AM
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Scattering ashes at sea on the rise in Myrtle Beach area - WWAY NewsChannel 3

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