Funeral urns found at bottom of Swiss lake

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Divers searching for a boat sun-shield that had fallen in Lake Zurich Sunday instead discovered thirteen funeral urns holding human ashes, Swiss police said.

The Zurich canton's Office for Waste, Water and Energy has lodged a complaint for infringing the peace of the dead.

This kind of mass burial in such a location is "unacceptable", the office spokesman said. "Lake Zurich is our source for drinking water and many people swim in it", he added.

After a similar incident in 2008, regional officials had said the commercial scattering of human ash in the lake, without permission, was liable to a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (35,000 euros or 47,000 dollars).

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