WATER WAY TO WAVE GOODBYE!; Underwater-takers help clients go with a splash.
Austin and partner Stephen Charles-Davis specialise in burials at sea.
They charge pounds 3,000 - double the price of an average funeral - but the dear departed don't half go with a splash.
Stephen started the business 10 years ago because his dad wanted a send- off at sea but couldn't find anyone to do the job.
Since then the underwater-takers have sent more than 200 people to Davy Jones's locker.
Austin, a retired medical expert, said: "It's very popular with the environmentally- aware."
But regulations are strict. Austin and Stephen, based at Newton Poppleford, Devon, had to get a Government licence.
Sea burials are allowed at only two spots around England - 11 miles off Newhaven, East Sussex, and 2.5 miles off The Needles on the Isle of Wight.
The coffin is launched from a hydraulic platform at the back of a hired ferry. The casket sinks immediately because it is drilled with 48 two- inch holes and is weighted with a quarter of a ton of concrete.
It has been designed so that it disintegrates naturally - along with its contents - within five years. Most burials are plain sailing but Austin and Stephen have had some odd requests.
One sailor wanted a Viking funeral with his body pushed out to sea on his blazing yacht. The authorities refused.
Austin said: "We have a musician on our books who wants a piano-playing diver to accompany his body."
With Handel's Water Music, of course.