That's a very contingent situation, however. Corpses can get hugely unpleasant very quickly in ways I will refrain from describing here. In this case, removing the body wasn't necessary due to the distance to landfall. If they were further away, and there was no merchant or military shipping
near enough to assist, I wouldn't have blamed them for opting for a sea burial.
There may have been legal
implications, however, beyond the emotional ones concerning next-of-kin, etc.
Does anyone know if mariners in international waters are legally obliged to keep a dead body aboard? I'm not asking this out of a morbid sense of curiosity, but because if you had a crew aboard who passed while going on the 30 day passage
and the Marquesas
, between days 12 and 20, it would be likely impossible to remove a body off the boat.
I have no idea if there's a protocol or even guidance on this. Who the hell would you even ask? Your own government
? The government
of the deceased? The government of the nearest country that had even a shot at SAR resources to retrieve the corpse?
I have to wonder if several tens of thousands of dollars would be spent in such an operation, frankly.