how to deal with death at sea

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The profile Howes-600 has a data doctor suggestion 645 Death Location Country not recognised because the death is recorded as Indian Ocean.  What is the correct way to deal with this?

WikiTree profile: Leonard Howes
in Policy and Style by JG Weston G2G6 Mach 1 (11.7k points)

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General form of death at sea place:

At Sea (,in the Name of Ocean, Sea, Harbour etc, off the coast of Country Name) (, on board the Ship/Boat Name)(, on route to/from Country Name)


Edited to add a missing comma
by Jay Wickham G2G1 (1.6k points)
edited by Jay Wickham
Thank you JG!
Looks good - but I don't have any of that, just death in Atlantic Ocean. Person was German immigrant on her way to US.
Data field -- At Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Biography -- Name died at sea, aboard the shipname, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, on the way to the United States.

Could be: At Sea, Atlantic Ocean, on route to United States

or as MP suggested.

The brackets mean the sections are optional - just put in what you know
+8 votes
Death location can be 'at sea' and biography could have more explanation. You could also set it to false suggestion probably, but it would seem biography should have an explanation anyway since that is not a normal death location.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (558k points)
I am sorry.  When I posed my question the previous questions offered for review didn't help. After I posted it, the original discussion came up.  Having read through it (while you were replying) I am even more confused; lots of conflicting opinions.  It seems though the magic words "At Sea" will stop any further checking on location so perhaps I should prepend that to the existing Indian Ocean.  There is no further information in the Bio and it is an orphan, so no one to ask.  The other alternative is to mark it "false, hide forever" as you suggest.  There seems little to chose between these alternatives and unless someone finds a source it is probably the best we can do.
Drowned off the coast of Bengal.  I will add a source.
Thanks.  I saw this profile with its error last week.  Being new to Data Doctors I left it for someone with more experience. As it was still there this week I thought I had better ask.  I see you have found a lot of good stuff.  The profile is looking quite presentable now.

You did the right thing by asking!

For me, it didn't take much looking, simply because I have the UK Govt Wills site on bookmarks, and the GRO, and FreeBMD.  The icing on this cake was finding his First Mate and Master's certificates.   smiley

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