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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2009;33(2):107-110.
Published online November 30, 2009.
Checklist for Forensic Investigation on Fatal SCUBA Diving Accidents.
Youn Shin Kim
Forensic Medicine Department, School of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwang-ju, Korea. ysk007@hotmail.com
Abstract
SCUBA diving is becoming one of popular sport around the world even though it has serious accident potentials. The most common cause of death in underwater diving fatality is drowning, but in many cases it could be just a terminal event. The eventual target of forensic investigation in underwater diving accidents is to examine the underlying cause of death or accident, and therefore forensic pathologists should get an information about diving equipments which were used by the victim and about environmental factors. The author think a uniformed check list of underwater diving accidents should be available for postmortem investigation, and here propose it.
Key Words: SCUBA diving, forensic investigation, drowning, checklist
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