Year: 2003 Source: Croatian Medical Journal, v.44, no.3, (2003), p.355-359 SIEC No: 20040776

This article reports the case of a scuba diver found dead at the bottom of an undersea cave with a knife protruding from his chest. Autopsy confirmed death due to both drowning & a penetrating knife wound. The incident was first considered a homicide, but careful forensic analysis of the profile of the diver’s last dive & related evidence showed that the case was a suicide, which the diver most probably committed while running out of air, in an attempt to avoid the agony of drowning. (11 refs)