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J Forensic Sci. 2006 Jan;51(1):137-9.

Aqua-eroticum: an unusual autoerotic fatality in a lake involving a home-made diving apparatus.

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Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale, Edifice Wilfrid-Derome, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2K 3S7. a.sauvageau@msp.gouv.qc.ca

Abstract

The term Aqua-eroticum was first introduced in 1984 by Sivaloganathan to describe the unusual autoerotic death of a man using submersion as an asphyxia method. This was the first case of that kind, and since then, no other case of autoerotic submersion has been reported, nor other autoerotic fatality in open water. Here we report the case of a 25-year-old man, nude under a home-made plastic body suit, overdressed for the season with winter clothes and restrained by complex bondage. He was submersed, tied underwater to a boat and was using a home-made diving apparatus for air supply. Death was ruled as accidental autoerotic asphyxia from rebreathing, caused by the faulty air-supply device.

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