The Bournemouth Echo carried a bitter sweet tale of a family who were carrying their Gran’s ashes on a boat to be scattered at sea near the Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. Unfortunately the boat got into trouble and got stuck on the rocks. Apparently they had to be rescued by the RNLI, which the whole family thought was rather amusing and quite an adventure. What strikes me was the humour that family seemed to find in the whole thing – is this just British thing and is it exacerbated by the ashes ceremony, humour so often coming out of emotion?
The one other thing I found interesting about this was it would appear they had not chartered the boat themselves ” The family accounted for almost half the 38 passengers on board the boat when it ran aground at around noon.” . Interesting that the family thought didn’t mind sharing the boat with strangers? And I wonder what the other passengers felt?