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Type: Journal article
Title: Underwater disaster victim identification: The process and the problems
Author: Winskog, C.
Citation: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 2012; 8(2):174-178
Publisher: Humana Press, Inc.
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1547-769X
Statement of
Calle Winskog
Abstract: An underwater disaster may involve a crime scene investigation which should be handled as if it were located above water and include a detailed description and documentation of items, belongings and findings. The environment, however, creates special circumstances, each with specific problems that are not encountered during land investigations. Risks associated with underwater recovery cannot be overestimated and underwater disaster recovery diving should not be performed without special training and careful pre-dive planning. Handling of cadavers in an underwater recovery operation also requires special training and a systematic approach to victim recovery. Environmental circumstances, local judicial requirements, religious and cultural issues and the scope of the disaster are only some of the factors that have to be considered before commencing any aquatic disaster victim recovery operation.
Keywords: Disaster victim identification; Underwater; Diving; Aquatic
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
RMID: 0020118945
DOI: 10.1007/s12024-011-9271-4
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