British tourists are causing a health alarm in Turkey by scattering the ashes of a deceased relative in the sea. This led to “panic” among bathers. The health authorities responded.

British tourists in Turkey sparked a health alert after scattering the ashes of a deceased relative in the sea, according to the Daily Mail. The burial at sea caused “panic” among beachgoers.

Health authorities in Marmaris, on the southern Aegean coast, then began a hasty investigation and took water samples because concerned locals notified them after Monday’s (May 13) ceremony.

Local swimmers also warned of the possible health risk that scattering ashes in waters near the beach could pose. This then called the regional district health office into action.

The group of tourists reportedly intended to scatter the ashes at Uzunyalı Beach, a popular spot for the deceased family member.

Cremation is not permitted in Turkey and there are also restrictions on the importation of ashes into the country. Turkey is a Muslim country and while non-Muslims are allowed to perform their own burial rituals in the country, cremation is not permitted under Islamic law.

However, according to the Daily Mail, scattering ashes in the sea poses no immediate health risk. However, the popular holiday destination’s restrictions on scattering ashes have caused problems for others in the past.

One user in an online forum described the lengthy process of getting approval for a farewell party. “It took me almost two years to get approvals from the UK airport, the airline, the Turkish airport, the Turkish government, Turkish municipal officials, main mosque representatives, Turkish police and local port authorities.”

It’s not the first time British tourists have caused a stir in Türkiye. Recently, a British holiday airline made headlines after holidaymakers drank the entire supply of alcohol on board within 25 minutes.

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